I’m planning to design a scavenger hunt for our Thanksgiving guests this year. The girls and I were talking about what to do on Thanksgiving Day before we sit down to eat dinner and it was one of the ideas that surfaced. Now that this imaginative notion came to light, I really need to tap into my creative center to accomplish it. I notice the same process in myself that I employ in writing. First an idea pops into my head. (From where, I don’t know.) I mull it over, envisioning scenarios for some time. Finally I sit down to write, and the characters, who by now have become real in my mind, tell the story. Can this creativeness be forced? Can I simply apply methods I learn about in books? Where does the story or poem come from?

You know how when you read a poem, you think, (at least, I do,) “I could have written that.” It seems so simple. And maybe it is. Maybe the poem or the song or the story is just out there waiting for someone to grab onto it and write it down. I don’t know. But that creative spark in all of us should be kindled and fanned into flame. We can set the world on fire. Thank God that we can cooperate in the plan of creation.


About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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