The 4 steps to being a creative genius

 

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Being creative can be both hard and easy. Sometimes it comes as easily as breathing and other times it’s as hard as running 10k up hill.
Now me, I swing between the two polar opposites quite a lot and my “Creative blocks” are something I’m becoming used to.
So I was wondering how exactly creativity works and how can I start forcing it when I need it?

A lot of people would now tell me that if I have writers block then I need to just sit down and write because apparently I’m procrastinating… as if they know my life.

If you are like me who end up having writers or creative blocks a lot and don’t believe that you’re simply procrastinating then please let me tell you that that is perfectly okay. I believe you.

Creative blocks have a tendency to originate as something personal.
Things such as, crippling self doubt, depression, hopelessness, or in my case a bit of anxiety.
Creative blocks are first and foremost emotional blocks that you’ll need to go pin point yourself and work through. Confide to a nice friend what you’re going through and see if that helps. If you don’t have someone to confide in then feel free to talk to me  I would love to help you. (Seriously helping people with creativity is my passion)

 

So let’s assume that we’ve now sorted out what is at the root of our creative blocks. I went to a couple of sessions with a therapist now my anxiety is better. You have taken some sort of action for whatever is bugging you and now you feel like you can start being creative again.

 
The question now is, how do we start being creative again?
How do we do this?

I went and I outlined the creative process. I plan to go through each of the four steps that are involved to help myself – and you – to better understand creativity so we can get going again.

To explain it simply creativity is a give and take process. Before you can be creative you first have to surround yourself with creativity, you have to practice creativity, you have to better yourself and only then will you be able to create unique and original art.

 
So the four steps are:
1. Take in other people’s creative works.
2. Mimic other people’s creative works.
3. Grow your skill.
4. Create new and original content.

Makes sense?

Okay so I’m going to be writing a blog post for each and every one of those steps but for now I want you to focus on what is blocking your creativity.
What is at the base of your creative and emotional block? Did you go through something recreantly? Did you get hurt? Where you discouraged?
Whatever it is, look for it and spend a week working and praying through it. Write down what you discover about yourself. Tell someone about it and then figure out a way to get past it. Remember you are the creator of your own life.

Good luck, I look forward to hearing from you.

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Life lesson #1

 

Life Lesson #1

Don’t be afraid to laugh at your own jokes or to make jokes when you’re alone.

They say laughing improves life spans and while I don’t know if that’s true I do know it improves life quality.
So don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.
Snort. Giggle. Do that weird exhaling through your nose laugh.

Because in the end you have to be your own friend – and it’s okay to think that you’re hilarious. If you’re going to be spending your whole life with yourself you might as well make that time enjoyable.

A writer’s roots.

 

I always tell people that I started writing at the age of 14 and never stopped. I guess it’s kind of true – that is when I wrote my first novel – but there are a couple of stories I wrote before that though.
For example, I stumbled onto 3 chapters of an unfinished story I wrote at around the age of 9 or ten. My creative mind back then had dubbed this story “The war between life and death”
10 year old I was quite dramatic…
It’s actually a pretty cool story. Aside for the bad writing style, I loved rereading it.

 

Those 800 something words made me smile and realize 3 things.

1. If my mother ever tells you my writing is dark she’s right. If she tells you it hasn’t always been that way, she’s lying.
It seems when I was 10 I was quite capable of killing of two young lovers – in not such nice ways.
2. I also learned that no matter what I say, I have always been writing. I have writing roots that goes back to my days of learning the alphabet, when I simply wrote my name on every surface I could find.
3. I love my own writing – old and new.
I hear writers complain about their first pieces because according to them it’s cringe worthy to read. I have to admit my early writing is far from well written but I still love it; and if “The war between life and death” wasn’t written in Afrikaans I probably would have shared it here like a proud mama with an awkward child.

 

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I can’t share the story here though, so what I’m going to do is share the gist with you and then you can tell me if you want me to write an English version of this story to share on here. Do we have a deal?

Ok so, it starts out with a fairy and a vampire who had fallen in love and met each other in the woods in secret. There they planted a flower that symbolized their love for one another.
One day the vampire was unknowingly followed by one of his friends, who had noticed his disappearances. This hidden vampire was shocked to see his friend dancing with a fairy in the shade of the forest.
So the hidden vampire watched as his friend pulled the fairy in for a kiss. Unfortunately fairies and vampires are not meant to be, because when they kissed the sun that so adores the fairies shone on the pair and of course no vampire could survive sunlight…
Don’t judge, I was ten…
So the vampire died then and there and while the fairy fell to her knees with grief the hidden vampire snuck out of the woods and killed her in anger. He thought that she had killed his friend on purpose.

(I told you I killed people mercilessly. This was just the prologue)

Okay so the story then continues when one of the fairy’s werewolf friends went looking for her and came across the scene. Along with the fairy’s corpse he found the flower that the fairy and vampire had planted.
Out of this flower, that represented their love a small fairy was born.
This is the main character of my story – who is half fairy, half vampire and raised by werewolves.

The story then goes on when the kid is 10 and explains a little about how the incident had led to a war between the living and the dead. I’m not actually sure what was supposed to happen in the rest of the story because it ended around then.

 

 

I’m fairly certain this story was inspired by the fairytale Thumbelina and a book I had been reading at the time called “Cry of the Icemark”

When I look back now, I really like the idea of her being half fairy, half vampire. I think the other characters would have been hesitant of her and unsure is she will be more vampire or more fairy. I think this could lead to the girl feeling isolated and as her vampire heritage starts setting in she’ll start to fear herself more and more.
I think it could be fun to rewrite (except maybe up her age a little so it’s a YA story)
I would like to be able to play with her persona.

I also kind of wonder how the different races interpret the day when the lovers died. This was the incident that caused the war between the living and the dead so now I wonder how each race would see that event.
The vampires I think would tell how a fairy had seduced one of their own (Presumably he was an important vampire) and then killed him.
The fairies on the other hand would have only found out about it later and so their version doesn’t have to be based off the truth at all. Perhaps they think the vampires had hunted down the fairy and killed her as a message or something…

I can’t really remember what 10 year old me was thinking when I wrote this. I wish I remember because the stupid thing ends on a cliff hanger where the half fairy/vampire kid and her werewolf guardian get captured by humans.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

(Sorry mum for always leaving you with only half finished stories. I know how you feel now.)

 

 

So anyway I really loved getting back in touch with my writing roots and realizing that I write, not because other people want me to but, because I love my own stories.
I know I sound a little full of myself when I say that but to me writing is a lot like reading because these stories feel separate from me. As if once I put it on paper, it’s no longer a part of me and so I only write to see how the story will look on paper… and I think the story looks pretty.

 

Now the plan is to start publishing a couple of short stories here on the blog and I was wondering if you would like “The war between life and death” to be one of them.
So please let me know if I should rewrite this story so you could read it. I think it might be fun to give it a shot.

Okay I’m off. Thanks for reading and be on the lookout for future short stories.

 

Really random order of business.

I’ve designed three kinds of posters this will go with each of my blog posts.

They are to help you understand what kind of post you can expect before even reading it. (It also solves the fact that I’m too lazy to create an individual graphic for each post)

They look as follow, and I’m absolute in love with them.

These are also the first step to giving this mash up blog some semblance of order.

What do you think of them? They’re pretty right?

 

 

 

 

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Reintroduction because I have been missing :)

I know I haven’t been very active on this blog lately. I’ve been so inactive in fact that I wouldn’t be surprised if you forgot about me. While I am hoping to start making up for it soon I figured that I might as well mark my return by doing a new introduction. (Especially for all my new followers)

Okay, so what is there to say about me?
I am an introvert, I write books and I can’t function without tea in the morning.

I am a teenager, a middle child and a homeschooler.

I am surrounded by two sibling who I love, amazing parents and a wonderful boyfriend. My friends can be found in all kinds of odd places – like book stores and churches. I can honestly mean it when I say I appreciate all of these wonderful people 100%.

This is the part where I have to choose between telling you about my life growing up and my life in the future. I think that while my past help create me, my future is what this blog is about. This blog is about my future and how I create it.

I want to be a published, and successful, author. I’m not always sure how I am going to reach that goal but I believe I will. I might also go study to become a special education teacher when I’m done with high school– I am not sure about that exactly, but it’s time I start thinking about it and I know this is something I can be passionate about. So it’s definitely being considered.

I like to think of myself as a vivacious young woman who can shape her own life to her liking. I guess that is another thing this blog is about.

I can’t exactly think of anything else to put here and I guess that sums me up pretty well… I forgot to plan this post before creating it – which is something I guess I should work on.

I hope that this gave you some insights into me and this blog because that’s what this post was about… I guess.
Unless of course there is a secret reason for writing all this!
What could it possibly be?

My secret reason for writing all this is to say welcome to all my followers, both old ones and new ones. I know I haven’t been active lately and I’m really sorry about that but I plan to turn things around again.
So thank you for reading my ramblings and liking the advice I share on here. I really appreciate all your support.

A solution for the writer with back pain!

Okay guys, this is going to be my first ever spoken blog post.
I am currently using a new program my dad installed for me which translates what I’m saying into text.
Currently it is slow going, because the program struggling to understand my accent. I am slowly starting to get the hang of it though.
The whole point of doing this is so I can continue on creating stories and blog posts while I am lying down on my bed. My back pain is getting better but I still can’t sit upright for very long. This I think will be a useful solution with a little practice.

Okay, now that I’ve explained this I’m going to finish this post. You can expect more posts soon.
Cross your fingers – and let us hope this works.

Monday update 

Mondays are posting days but because my back is hurt I still can’t sit behind my computer long enough to write something decent so I figured I can give you a little update of my writing and basically just tell you what I’ve been up to. 
Since January I’ve been part of this program called the Young Writers workshop,  where they basically give you a quiz  to see where you are in your writing career and then help you with steps to take from there – as well as put you into contact with a great group of other writers who can support and encourage you. 

Basically I started with a score that said I need to build a support system for my work (I’m still busy with that) and in three weeks I took the quiz again and it said it’s time I start thinking about agents and writing queries. 

So that’s what I would like to focus on now but unfortunately I have a lot of work this year so I get very little chance to actually write anything. 
Pink has just been through its first beta readers though,  and after I give it another structure  edit I will see if I can find a editor to help me clean it up. 
Further than that I’m practicing writing query letters and looking up all my favorite agents and daydreaming that there is even a chance I’ll get one of the top ones. 
I know I’ve been blogging really sporadically – there are a ton of excuses for this on the tip of my tongue but I’m not going to write them because it’s not what I need to focus on. Instead I want to tell you how I plan to deal with it.

When my back is better and I can sit up again I will be trying to post either monthly or bi-weekly. That way there is time for me to write a decent post and actual content will be coming through at regular intervals. 
I think that’s it for today. I’m hoping to be better soon so I can get right back to everything but until then you can check out my twitter which is @enetteventer where I plan on posting regularly. 

Here is a photo of a shell my brother gave me in exchange for pudding. I hope it makes up for the recent  lack of good posts.