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What makes a person creative?

Have you ever wondered if your actually any good at what art takes your fancy? Mine is writing and Ive always felt that I’m a decent writer and I’ve always had top marks on all my assignments in English class where you are asked to create stories. I am such a good story teller that most people will believe the most ridiculous stories I make but does that mean anything to a reader? Will you read a book with bad writing if it has a good plot line? Twilight is a very simply written book and yet it enthralls readers. What is it that draws you in?

 

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About Everyrosehasathorn

So I have finished my first book, Every Rose Has a Thorn, which is available on amazon for free if you have an amazon prime membership, or 2.99 otherwise. http://www.amazon.com/Every-Rose-Thorn-Sierra-Halnsoy-ebook/dp/B00EZ8I8VQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406262459&sr=8-2&keywords=every+rose+has+a+thorn This is a book about Emily Rose who is drawn into a battle between angels that want to not only destroy the world and human race, but for some reason want her on their side when they do it! She must learn that doing what is right isn't always easy, especially when you fall in love with a very dangerous angel! View all posts by Everyrosehasathorn

49 responses to “What makes a person creative?

  • davidjcooper

    Thanks for the follow. I hope you recommend my book The Party’s Over to all of your contacts.

  • Sarah^3

    Thanks for checking out my blog! This really resonates with me. I think that creativity is in everyone and is developed through self-confidence. I have never been very fond of myself, but recently, I have found more reasons to love who I really am. In that my relationships with others have gotten stronger; my writing has flourished, and life has generally been better. Everyone has creativity just expressed in different ways. Anyone and everyone is creative.

  • forgingshadows

    I’ve often been paranoid that I can’t write, even though I love to do it. I’ve asked myself this question many times and I think as a result it has only slowed me down. The only way to find out if you can make it with something you love is the trial by fire.

    I like action and good writing in a book, and characters that are interesting, clever and not too despicable. Which is why I never really went in for Twilight.

    Good luck with your writing!

    • Everyrosehasathorn

      I agree the more you question yourself the less you really know what your capable of. And I like the notion that everyone is capable of being good even if your intrinsically evil. Humans are verry rarely good or bad so to be realisitic in my writing I give my worst charicters a somewhat good side. For instance one of my charicters is trying to sell his daughter to the devil. Bad guy right? Somewhat. He’s only doing it because he has an addiction problem and has gone way beyond help so selling her is the only way to feed his addiction. He dose an evil deed, but feels remorse. I agree too evil of a charicter can be a bad thing!

  • mqallen

    I won’t read a book that is poorly written far enough to determine if it has a good plot line.
    There’s a lot of demand on reader’s time and attention. When we start a book, there’s a certain leap of faith that it will be worth finishing. While there are exception, most of the time if it is poorly written, the plot or ending won’t be any better. So why take the risk? There’ s plenty out there that is well written and also has a good plot.

    Although, I can’t speak to Twilight. I’m not the target audience, which seems to be angsty teenage girls and women who remember being angsty 😛 Apparently, that’s a very sizable readership!

    • Everyrosehasathorn

      Yes, there’s definitely a lot of competition out there! It seems like everyone and their mother wants to be famous and write a book, a surprisingly a lot about boring things or themselves. I have to say life really isn’t that interesting that I’d want to spend hours learning about someone else’s life, I want to read something that’s more interesting!

  • Ron

    If a book is poorly written, I’ll most likely never get to the plot assuming there is one.

    • Everyrosehasathorn

      What if you knew the writer? Could you ignore the bad writing for their sake?

      • Ron

        The writer would have to be a good friend to make that sacrifice. To me, reading a poorly written book is like walking through deep mud. I wouldn’t do it for just anyone. I wouldn’t want to do it for a long period of time. Life is too short for that. BTW, would you tell the writer/friend that the book was a difficult read?

      • Everyrosehasathorn

        I know what you mean! I am all for being honest so yea i’d tell them. I would be gentle about it though, not brutal I don’t like hurting peoples feelings esp. If I know them.

      • Ron

        I agree totally. Luckily, I don’t know anyone personally who has a book out there.

      • Everyrosehasathorn

        I know a couple of people who have made it but luckily they all are good writers so I haven’t had to say anything otherwise to them!

      • mqallen

        For me, this is tougher than it might appear. In principle, I agree honesty is best but in the end, it would also depend on their maturity as a writer, especially their receptiveness to feedback.

        I’ve been critiquing on critters for some time (and now as a contest judge :S) so I can be diplomatic but any critical feedback can be crushing at times, especially for writers new to the game.

        If this was someone I know, I would try to gauge the person’s real desire for feedback and respond accordingly. If they are really just looking for a beta reader and don’t seem ready for hard feedback, I’d keep my feedback very high level and perhaps just mention one or two areas that seem most in need of work.

        I have critiqued (on critters) novels that still need a lot of work but I’ve decided to not do that anymore. Most of the necessary feedback can be identified in the first few chapters so reading the entire novel can be a lot of effort without a lot of additional value add.

      • Everyrosehasathorn

        Yea, the first page is like the first date, you want to impress the readers and make them want to turn the page, if you’ve failed at this and don’t have proper style, chances are it will continue throught the book.

  • Ron

    Thank you for following my blig. I am humbled.

  • storythom

    Best of luck with your novel! Good on you! And thanks for checking out my novel blog.

    Peace,

    Thom Lemmons

  • muffins&mocha

    Thanks for following me! I think it’s awesome that you are writing a book ❤ how cool! I don't know the first thing about writing a book but my favorite subject has always been English. I will say that I don't look at simple writing as bad writing. Twilight may seem simple or bad to some people but I liked the plot just because it was creative, the main character was relatable, and the plot kept you guessing about the outcome. Some people enjoy books like Wuthering Heights that are thick with words most people would need a dictionary for. That's not me though 🙂 Wish you the best of luck with your book!

  • Russell Linton

    If a book has bad writing, it can’t have a good plot line. I think form follows content and vice versa; they’re two sides of the same coin. That isn’t to say one could be weaker than the other, but flat out bad? No, don’t think I’d be able to finish a book like that!

  • littleboone

    What makes a person creative. A desire to express oneself? How well was one encouraged by parents to express ideas and feelings? And what was their reactions? Thank you for liking my blog. Keep it coming.

  • littleboone

    Practice. And the more one creates, the more one can create as in the more one does, the more one can do, in the sense that getting in better shape allows one to do more. So begin to create more in every phase of life.

    Suggest to yourself to notice things that could be better and write down what needs to be changed and do things about it. Juices get following and out it comes. A letter to the editor, a novel. “From where does this power to create come” is the question and is the key to creativity.

    The answer is that creativity comes from our subconscious, our being, our human animal.

    It seems the brain uses what we’ve fed into it and uses the memories to “make up” logical solutions or patterns or extreme sequences and when it does, the brain gets endorphins and we are inspired by what we have created and are ready to continue creating.

  • dayya

    Thanks for the like at pendrifter. About your question…yes on occasion I’ll read a book with bad writing if the story is compelling and I’m enjoying the read, but I must also agree with commenter Russell Linton–poorly written books usually also have bad plot lines which means they are unreadable. d:)

  • nf

    What makes a person creative? Freedom. Joy. Boredom. Danger. Despair… Anytime, anywhere! 🙂

  • stevegreenwriter

    Good luck with the SciFi novel. We used to have great SF and we need more of it that provokes thought and challenges traditional assumptions. My first book, “Beyond The Lock” made that attempt in regard to mental health treatment and human evolution. That’s also on Amazon as an eBook. Let me know if you enjoyed “Menage3”. The characters are lovable.

  • dfolstad58

    Thanks for following my blog, I am very curious about your writing plans, and how you have prepared. I am a reader since I used drag my comic books around the house as soon as I could toddle. It seems that ebooks are the trend now and I wonder if you are considering that medium. I look forward to getting an update on you and my personalized copy. I enjoyed sci fi when I was younger, big fan of Robert Heinlein – Stranger In a Strange Land etc. About your blog, I think first of you have to believe in yourself, after all look at all the hugely successful writers who were rejected by published (a very recent reblog of mine). Believe in yourself but seek feedback I think are good ideas, and remember feedback doesn’t mean anything is broken, only that you are listening and repolishing your craft. Success to you!

    • Everyrosehasathorn

      Thanks! Yes, I have considered ebooks, it will depend on how much of an adavance a agent is willing to offer and how much I can expect to make independently. I will probually try both mediums at some point or another honestly. I have only recently been interested in sc-fi, but I have alwyas loved reading creative stories that have a good plot line, so thats what I’m trying to make!

  • inkygatta

    Thanks for following my blog! Hope your book is going well.

  • John M. Wills

    Friends and family care about the writer, therefore they may be hesitant to criticize. Find a good critique group nearby or online to determine your strengths and weaknesses.Telling the story and putting it on paper properly are equally important.

  • bramkamp

    I like your comments about creativity, that is a great question: creativity versus execution. 50 Shades was creative, but unreadable! And thank you for following Newbie Writers Guide, I hope we can help combine both execution and creativity!

  • Coolteenreads

    Your thoughts on creativity are interesting. They say that everyone has a book in them and I suppose the huge rise in self- publishing is witness to human belief in creativity. I love writing and have two draft novels sitting on my hard-drive. The trick now is how to turn the creativity into the self- confidence to try publishing.

  • prog4

    I do have such thoughts (ie: about whether or not I am any good at ) but I also struggle with the dilemma – any good in whose eyes?
    I ask myself the question “Is the validation/respect/approval/etc. of others what I need to make myself feel that what I do is any good, or should it be more a question of whether or not I think it is any good or whether or not it makes me happy?”

  • Malcolm Miller

    I would be happy to swap a beta version of my book for yours.

  • milambc

    I think every writer introspectively questions whether they are truly good at their craft or not. What makes someone creative, however? Turning a blank screen/paper into a new world for someone else to experience seems pretty creative to me. If they get anything meaningful out of that world, even if it’s pure escapism (like Twilight), then job accomplished. Now, obviously, some may feel so inclined to not settle for the lower (in my opinion) bar that is Twilight and will want to see how far they can push their creativity, but alas…

    • Everyrosehasathorn

      I agree, the main goal of writing is to take the reader into the world that the author has created, it’s not enough to tell a story, but to make a person feel a story is what most authors want out of their work and we can’t stop pushing ourselves until we achieve it!

  • Frances antoinette

    I think what drew people to Twilight was that it was an “easy” book to read yet a good storyline. Unfortunately, today’s society do not go crazy over real literature.

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