Kid Lit Reviews once again welcomes children’s author Diane Robinson. Ms. Robinson’s fantasy series, The Pen Pieyu Adventures, book 2, Princess Petra’s Talent, releases on September 24, 2013. You can pre-order the book at Amazon as of September 14th. And beginning on release day, Diane will be touring the blogosphere stopping to visit at least 21 wonderful blogsters between September 24th and October 8th. But right now, Ms. Robinson has a response, of sorts, to a genius report, read here, posted here just a few days ago.
Creating, imagining, daydreaming, and writing in the forest is one of my favorite summer pastimes. I imagine all sorts of fantasy creatures and then, just as I nearly catch a glimpse of them, they run and hide behind the trees, giggling at me and my human eyes that can’t quite focus on them.
The forest is my inspiration for my writing about the fantasy characters that are featured in my fantasy/adventure children’s books series (book two coming soon).
As I imagine and daydream, the trees turn into faces and then materialize as full bodies. They start to laugh and dance and turn into fantasy characters doing all sorts of things (of course this is just the wind shape-shifting my perception, but we’re in creative mode, right?)
This creative process was how Snarls, the dragon, and Petra, the princess knight, were created several years ago–they are the characters in The Pen Peiyu Adventures. And still, years later when I look at the same tree formations I first saw them in, they are still etched into the bark of their tree homes.
Through the years, and with lots of practice at creative imagining,
I’ve trained my human eyes to be more perceptive to the forest and the fantasy characters that live within it. I see gnomes, fairies, witches, princesses, giants, and of course, a dragon. Creativity is a training process. The same process occurs when we stare into the clouds and make pictures.
I’m often asked at author visits how I get into creative mode. Well, creating characters within the barks and leaves of the trees is definitely a creative process for me. But what of those who don’t have a forest?
I have suggestions.
– Listen to music, especially classical music, to get your right brain stimulated–scientists have proven this.
– Write and doodles with the opposite hand you usually write or doodle with.
– Do an art project. I am an artist, so I paint while listening to music. This really stirs up my creative juices and I can write wonderful things after a session of art.
– Meditate or deep breathing with your eyes closed for at least 20 minutes.
– Dress in a costume relevant to what you are writing about.
– Dance nude under the moonlight. Okay, this one I don’t suggest if you live in a town or city. (Okay, I’ve never done this, but my writer friend swears by it).
#1 Suggestion that guarantees a NY Times Bestseller? Ride a unicorn in an enchanted forest until fanciful characters race behind you like the wind, trying their darndest to get in the story you don’t even know you are about to write – but they do. So listen with your heart, write with unabashed zeal, and be careful of fire-breathing dragons.***
|This is me in my creative forest.|
Visit my author’s website: http://www.dragonsbook.com
Visit my author’s really cool blog: http://www.dianemaerobinson.com
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***NY Bestseller suggestion is not Diane’s original work. No, no, no. It belongs to me, the KLR cat burglar. he-he!
- guest post – Point of View Storytelling by Diane Mae Robinson (kid-lit-reviews.com)
- Inspiration: A Reflection In A Forest (teawithapirate.wordpress.com)
- 29 Ways to Stay Creative (omooshodiblog.wordpress.com)
- Dragon Sock Puppets (birthdayinabox.com)
- The Benefits of the Creative Process (daniel562.wordpress.com)
- Understanding Your Creativity (thomascotterill.wordpress.com)
- Kids’ Art Projects that Inspire Creativity (babyzone.com)
- Creativity Can Keep You Healthy (everydayhealth.com)
- 5 Easy Steps To Creativity (mengtian2008.wordpress.com)
- Dragons and Dinosaurs – Connections and Comparisons (bluedragoncity.wordpress.com)