Diary of a Writer – January Prompt may seem a little counter productive. Why post a picture of home-made marmalade as it is undoubtedly a labour intensive product and might distract you?
Well. because it’s a good product. There are excellent marmalades on the market. During my short writing retreat in Assynt, I visited the wonderful The Culkein Store where I laid in huge quantities of goody bag and take-to items. Scented candles, jellies, and Three Fruits Marmalade all made it into the car. We’d previously sampled their chutneys courtesy of visiting family and were really excited to make our own choices.
So, I have a large jar of their marmalade against the possibility the home-made runs out, but I’ll still be off to the supermarket to harass the fruit and veg manager over when the Seville oranges are arriving.
It’s also the case that creativity in one sphere aids creativity in others. When the WIP is going well, it’s equally likely I’ll fancy trying a new recipe. Who knows, that baby jacket I have on the pins might even make it off them. Well, let’s not get carried away by fantasy. If I can send off the story my editor was keen to see amended, then it would be a flying start to 2018.
How about you? What activity raises your own creativity?
Happy New Year, Anne and I hope you’ve got some tasty warm bread to spread that marmalade on? Travel and new experiences definitely boost my creativity. Anything that takes me away from the humdrum of everyday life – going to the theatre, cinema, walking somewhere new…
Hi Rae, I agree with all of the things on your list. I’ve never really understood the ‘hermit in an attic’ approach to creativity. Where does stimulus come from? Anne