As I've been contemplating what I could write about on my blog I thought about perhaps mentioning how my stories have come to be so far. Each author has their own ways of coming up with and organizing their stories. I think that the first and foremost thing to know is that it happens differently for everyone. We hear various rumors about how one author may have started their books on a napkin in a cafe, or maybe by doodling with chalk on the sidewalk, but whether or not they are real doesn't matter in the end. All that matters is that they came to be.
For me, stories just come to me randomly. The trickiest part is whether or not I take the time to write them down or remember them. In the case of Awakened, it all started with a challenge from my colleague. I have always had the dream of writing books, but never figured it would go anywhere. My good friend, Angie, however, challenged me to just write. One day, I sat down with an empty word processor document and just wrote the first things that came to mind. I recall listening to Enya and just letting images flow into my mind. In the end, the epilogue of Awakened came to be. Yes, this was before I even had an idea of a story. Eventually, taking the characters into consideration, I matched a story to the epilogue.
This actually speaks to my creative process as well. I don't have strict plans, so to speak, for each story. Instead, I clear my mind, enjoy some music, and just let the writing take me on a journey. I must say that it was interesting writing Awakened. It was honestly as if the story was writing itself and I was surprised myself as it was unraveled to me.
At the end of the day, I think we all downplay our creative abilities because of silly comparisons to other things. If you like any form of art, you are always going to think you are terrible at it. You know why? Because you immediately start comparing your ideas and your work to what you know. You'll never be as good as the others that you see because you aren't them. Your work is your own and only when your creativity is let free can you truly enjoy the beauty of it and enjoy it unbridled.
Creativity doesn't have to be art. I firmly believe that creativity is in every aspect of life. Some other names for it are 'problem solving', or 'science', or 'learning.' All in all, it's our minds making connections and creating things.
So don't settle, go create something. You won't regret it.