Development – Creativity Test

30 November 2012, Development – Creativity Test

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.

As I wrote yesterday, if you have a desire to be creative, you likely have some inherent creativity.  The question is how much and how to improve what you have.  In case you want to check on your level of creativity, I proffer the following short test.  Answer the questions and add the number as your score for each question you answer with a yes.

1.  Do you like art (1)?
2.  Have you created quality art (3)?
3.  Do you like music (1)?  (all kinds not just one type or another)
4.  Have you written any music (3)?
5.  Have you written any lyrics (3)?
6.  Do you play any instrument (2)?
7.  Do you like to sing (1)?
8.  Do you sing in parts (2)?
9.  Do you like to read (1)?
10.  Do you like to write (2)?
11.  Have you written any poetry (3)?
12.  Have you written any stories (3)?
13.  Have you written a novel (4)?
14.  Have you written a book (4)?
15.  Do you get great ideas (2)?
16.  Have you ever successfully implemented your great idea (3)?

I think I covered the gamut of basic creativity here.  If your points add up to greater than 15, you are definitely blessed with creativity.  If you have less than 10 points, there is still hope, but you need to work very hard at creativity.  If you get less than 5 points, well, there is always hope, but why are you even trying?

The reality is these questions represent the reaction of the human desire to create.  If you have the desire to create, you will try to create something.  Without this basic desire, you will have problems being creative.

I’ll write about that 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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