In other words, how does a writer produce something from nothing, a story or a novel seemingly out of thin air? The inquirer often adds, I could never do that. I’m not creative like you.”
The same person will then tell you how they adapted a recipe for their family’s enjoyment, improvised a costume for a school play out of a pair of curtains, or budgeted for a holiday out of the housekeeping money, without realizing that all these activities use the “creative muscle” that I believe we all possess to a greater or lesser degree.
Like all muscles, this one can be strengthened with exercise and regular use. One reason why writers may be able to conjure up ideas more readily is that they exercise their creative muscle frequently. As someone once said, your mental capacity is no more a given than the size of your biceps. Both can be enlarged and strengthened with the right exercises.
A Creativity Workout
Believing that practice and exercise can make you more creative is the first step. Then you …