Development – Creativity

29 November 2012, Development – Creativity

Introduction:  I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon.  This was my 21st novel, and on this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing.  In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes.  You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel–start with

I’m using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published.  I’ll keep you informed along the way.  At this moment, I’m showing you the creative process I used to put together the novel.

Today’s Blog:   To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to

Here are my four rules of writing:

1. Don’t confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

Creativity is work and not an act of divine providence, random fate, or abstract accident. Creativity is hard work that is equal to the effort expended on it.  If you wish to write (or be creative in any way): study, put lots of effort into it, and work hard at it.

The question then is how do you work at creativity?  I think there are three parts to creativity: inherent creativity, learned creativity, and fostered creativity.

Inherent creativity is what you were born with.  I think this is very simple.  Part of creativity is the mental makeup of the mind, just as athletic skills are the physical makeup of the body.  Some people have an advantage physically because they received the right genes and physical makeup.  Just as some people didn’t, or worse, some
people are physically or mentally handicapped from birth, some people just never received the creative spark.  Fortunately, I rarely find people who want to be creative who do not have the basic skills to be creative.  That is, if a person wishes to be creative, that usually indicates they have the mental skills to be creative.

Let’s continue the example of an athlete.  Many athletes don’t
have the physical skills and ability to be Olympic contenders or professional athletes, but they still have athletic skills.  The most average human can apply learned and fostered athleticism to improve and succeed where others fail.  Athletics isn’t the perfect example because those without the advantage of high
genetic perfection (for physical skills) will likely not be able to compete at a very high level.  Mental skills and capability can be improved to a much greater degree than physical skills.

Creativity has a component that is inherent, but if you desire to be creative–that means you likely already have the spark and capability.  The problem then is fostering the capability.  That’s where fostered and learned creativity come into play.  More tomorrow.

I’ll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples:, and the individual novel websites:,,,,, and

Aksinya Cover Proposal


About L.D. Alford

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. His writing distinctively develops the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he is widely traveled and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the USAF Test Pilot School. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality. He is the author of three historical fiction novels: Centurion, Aegypt, and The Second Mission, and three science fiction novels: The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, and A Season of Honor.
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