Tapping into your creativity
By Kerrie Flanagan
Published in The Writer Magazine, June 2014
Creativity is at the core of everything we do as writers. It is the fuel we need to breathe life into our writing and into the worlds and characters we create.
If creativity is a key to writing success, are there ways to enhance and cultivate this quality? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, psychology professor, leading expert in the field of creativity and author ofCreativity and Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, believes there are. After years of studying creative individuals in a variety of fields, Csikszentmihalyi found ways we can all access our creativity consistently.
As with any creative venture, writing takes time, and success does not happen overnight. In his book, Csikszentmihalyi reminds us, “A generally creative accomplishment is almost never the result of a sudden insight, a light bulb flashing on in the dark, but comes after years of hard work.”