I would like to introduce you to my critique group member and friend EE Montgomery ( www.eemontgomery.com ). EE sits on my left (as we go around the table), writes M/M romance, bakes sensational scones and makes very wicked cherry jelly and other preserves at Christmas time. I digress, what does this have to do with creativity?
A few years ago our group of six did a creativity exercise loosely titled "Death of a Decade". We dressed as the decade (I was a 70's hippy, EE was in a fox stole from the 20's) and walked Toowong cemetery until we found an interesting grave from our decade. We then wrote the story of that grave. The original aim was to self-publish the works in an anthology with our fellow group members.
EE wrote her story "Between Love and Honour" - a M/M romance with a sad ending (it was based on a grave), and it was picked up by Dreamspinner Press. Fast forward to this year, and EE's sequel "The Courage to Love" has just been released in paperback. Her first paper release (pictured above)! The same month, her short "In Another Life" has been published by Escape Publishing. She is on fire. If this is your type of romance, you should check her out.
And what of my story, you ask? It's dark, definitely not a romance, with the death of a child, prison, shattered family relationships and a man who discovers a love of woodwork that carries him through the mess his life becomes. I'm planning on re-editing it, then sending it out into the big wild world. As a creativity exercise, the cemetery trip definitely worked. I would never have even considered writing this without our "Death of A Decade" trip.
How do you explore your creativity?