This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s insecurity – How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?
I don’t think of myself as a creative person, not like artists and musicians or poets. But life is filled with roadblocks so when I decided I wanted to write, ‘lack of creativity’ became simply something to work around. I started with nonfiction–books to help teachers blend technology in education. That required a lot of how-to solutions mixed with creative lesson plans and ideas. But because I am a teacher, that came easy.
If becoming a writer was like putting a jigsaw puzzle together without a picture, I felt like I’d completed a big chunk of sky.
Fiction was a whole ‘nuther animal. I researched for years–decades–inspired by real-life events to create plots and characters. I used my Navy daughter’s experiences in Building a Midshipman, To Hunt a Sub, and Twenty-four Days and am moving on to my Army son’s world of satellites for the next in the Rowe-Delamagente series. My current WIP is Man vs. Nature, the saga of man’s development. The first in the saga is Born in a Treacherous Time. That too started as research–to help me understand–but the bare facts fell far short of explaining events. To truly understand what our genus (Homo) went through to get where we are today, I needed the characteristics of fiction–plot, people, storyline, crises, and more.
So, while me being creative is still akin to drinking water from a fire hose, I accept the importance of creativity in understanding the world.
How about you?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Time, first in the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Survival of the Fittest, Spring 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning