Posts from the ‘On Creativity’ Category

China Miéville on world-building

This article on SF Signal is a short but interesting take on one of the key aspects of fantasy fiction.

Goals, Motivation, Conflict and Tension

Kristen Lamb posted a link on her latest blog post to what she described as the ‘formula to great writing’. It’s from another blog about writing, this one called Adventures in Children’s Publishing.

It advises making charts of the goals, motivation, conflict and tension relating to your characters. It explains that good characters have conflicting goals – internal and external ones, for example. Characters should also have conflicting goals – this leads to the greatest level of tension, which is what keeps people reading.

Read the full article here.

Creativity is mistakes

“Creativity is mistakes” is the motto of ceramicist Grayson Perry. These words feature in the artist’s recent programme on Radio 4, Grayson Perry on Creativity and Imagination. It’s interesting stuff (if also somewhat blindingly obvious) and features interviews with a range of creative types, including Terry Pratchett. The piece begins with a list of myths, misconceptions about creativity:

Myth number one: The Eureka moment.

Myth number two: Anyone can do it.

Myth number three: Drugs are good for you.

Myth number four: Creative people are a bit mad.

Myth number five: Britain’s got talent.

I love you. You are the object of my affection and my sentence. It’s like a Valentine’s Day card and grammar mnemonic all rolled into one.

Grammar Girl, Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, Who Versus Whom.

Art is anything you can get away with.

Andy Warhol.

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

John Steinbeck

If you are going to make a book end badly, it must end badly from the beginning.

Robert Louis Stevenson

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

W Somerset Maugham