Embrace Your Creative Genius

21 Jul

003Happy Monday to you all.  I hope you had a great weekend.  I spent mine working on the quail enclosure, and starting the rabbit hutch construction.  In my spare time I picked peas and berries.  These are busy times on our little urban farm, and I love leaving writing on the back burner and doing something worthwhile on our little piece of heaven.

I am now back at the computer and my little head is exploding with ideas.  This week I’ll continue to send out query letters for Resurrecting Tobias, and work on the new novel, The Shadow Man….and of course, following your writing efforts and working on this blog.

Shall we begin?

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.

Steve Jobs
I love that quote by Jobs…let me tell you why.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

I am of the belief that what we writers do it special.  I have known some writers who, when asked what they do for a living, are embarrassed to say that they are writers.

Nonsense!

What we do is special.  We create!  We entertain!  We inform!  We make a connection between ourselves and our readers, and that connection can be, and often is, meaningful and memorable.  It is not easy to write well, but when it is done, it is magical.

Be proud that you are a writer.  You should be shouting it from the rooftops.

Bev has asked me before, as have other people, how I do what I do.  Where do all the ideas come from, and where does the creativity come from.  I have no answer.  It just happens.  I sit down at the computer and my mind switches into creativity mode, and I love being an active participant in something so magical.

TIP OF THE DAY

Let your creativity work for you.  If you are an article writer, look for connections that nobody else has seen.  Find a new approach to an old idea, and remember to always write to the senses.  We all share senses.  We all respond to taste, to smell, to touch, and so on.  It is crucial that you remember that so your readers can relate to what you are writing.

PROMPT OF THE DAY

Go to YouTube, right here, and listen to The Who sing this song from the rock opera Tommy.  Let it be your inspiration as you prepare to write today.

OFFER OF THE DAY

Guest blog on my blog.  Come on, you know you want to.  I’ll be turning this over to my friend Lizzy in a few days and she will give us some of her views on writing.  We can all learn from each other, so why not share your views here on my site?  Drop me a line and let me know if you are interested.

REVIEW OF THE DAY

Yes, I’m tooting my own horn, but I’m allowed to do that on my own blog.  Here is a recent review for Resurrecting Tobias:

“I took this book to read while I was on vacation. Page one had me wanting to cancel all of my vacation activities so I could enjoy uninterrupted time reading this book. I enjoyed my vacation and with this book on my nightstand, I never had any “down” time.
Reading this book took me on a whole other vacation.

This is the kind of book that I lovingly call interactive. William Holland creates truly engaging characters. I couldn’t help developing a sense of friendship with some of his extraordinarily captivating characters. The more I read, the more I experienced a plethora of reactions – sighing, gasping, weeping, and chuckling. I also experienced love, sadness, happiness, joy, and more. It’s all good!book cover

I highly recommend reading “Resurrecting Tobias” to people who want to read a book that is filled with non-stop actions that move you through the past, present, and future in the life of Toby King.”

AND MORE ON WEDNESDAY

Have a great day of writing my friends.  I’m here for you as I know you are for me, and isn’t that just too cool?

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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21 Responses to “Embrace Your Creative Genius”

  1. Shauna L Bowling July 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    Great review of your latest novel, Bill. I have to agree with whomever wrote it – well, all but the vacation part! 🙂

    Recently, in researching a hotel for a travel assignment, I discovered the hotel had recently been renovated using sustainable materials. I wrote the entire article emphasizing the green aspects of the hotel. My editor loved “the unique angle” I took. Little did she know “green” is right up my alley. It made that particular piece flow with few “think breaks” on my part.

    • Billybuc July 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      Great example, Sha, and congrats on seeing that angle…and thanks so much for your kind words about my book.

  2. Larry July 21, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    Had a great weekend here Bill as my daughter and future son in law are visiting from Los Angels. On Friday when visiting Greenfield Village one of the presenters I know quite well asked how my book was coming along and when could he read it. It’s a project I began about 3 years ago and have shelved for the last 18 months or so. Well between your blogs and his questioning I’ve decided to get off my ass and back to some serious writing once again. Don’t be surprised if I ask for help along the line with this process. As always take care and have a great week my friend.

    • Billybuc July 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

      Larry, that’s great news my friend, and you can reach out and ask for help any old day that you want. Thanks for stopping by and sharing that great news.

  3. Janine Huldie July 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Beautiful review and seriously Bill, I need to get to reading. I just haven’t stopped here the past few weeks with adding the puppy to the mix, our anniversary and Emma’s birthday. I am hoping to have a bit more free time in the weeks to come to crack open your book now. But I can honestly say that I am truly anticipating enjoying it and becoming fully immersed in it as you wrote it (what more can I say!) 🙂

    • Billybuc July 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      Janine, I can’t imagine two young girls and a puppy, added to a full-time business. I would be a crazy person. Thanks for even thinking of reading my book.

  4. Musu July 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    Congrats on the great review, Bill! I couldn’t agree with you more on your points on creativity. I used this weekend to flex my muscles in that area and it felt great. I plan on sharing my project very soon. Thanks again for the inspiration! 🙂

    • Billybuc July 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      Musu, I wish you well my friend. Thank you.

  5. marlenebertrand July 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    I’m overexposing myself here and now, Bill. I’m always embarrassed to say I’m a writer because deep down inside, I feel like a “want-to-be” writer. I long to write with the creative style that you and others write. Your writing style is captivating. I hope that some day I would write like that.

    • Billybuc July 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

      Marlene, I admire your candidness. I think you might be a bit hard on yourself, but thank you for your kind words.

      • 1authorcygnetbrown July 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

        I’m glad you had a great weekend outdoors. I spent much of mine watching deer eat the garden outside my window. I was telling the owner that he won’t have to go hunting deer this hunting season, all he’ll have to do is harvest!

      • Billybuc July 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

        LOL…Donna, as a gardener, that’s not funny…as a human being, I love it.

  6. Christy Birmingham July 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Congrats on the stellar book review, Bill! Not that I thought it would be anything but awesomely reviewed 🙂 I also say I am a writer by profession proudly – heck if we don’t do it then who will?!!

    • Billybuc July 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

      You got that right, Christy. Stand tall and shout to the world “I am writer, hear me roar!” LOL Thanks dear lady and hugs coming your way.

  7. Leslie July 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    I am invigorated for the week – assuming i’m allowed to leave a comment here today! Tried on your friday post and couldn’t – again! In any case, Bill – i must go – WRITE NOW!
    mwah and thanks for the lift – i needed that!

    • Billybuc July 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

      Leslie, go, now, write! Thanks for your persistence Sis. You are appreciated.

  8. Dee July 23, 2014 at 4:51 am #

    Looks like your book is impacting many readers from the wonderful reviews. Thanks for the pep talk today.

    • Billybuc July 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

      Awww, thanks Dianna! I am so happy that others loved my book. Makes this old writer very happy.

  9. Audrey Howitt July 29, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    I always find inspiration here Bill–I will be off teaching for a couple of weeks–so catch up with you then

    • Billybuc July 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

      Thank you Audrey, and best wishes with that teaching assignment.

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