I welcome your comments or questions, personal or otherwise, about the craft of writing, my novel, my poetry, the creative process, and related subjects.
The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts. –Henry Moore, Sculptor
Every day holds the opportunities to exercise creativity. My son Eric, one year at Christmas, could not afford a stand for his tree. Undeterred, he hung the tree from hook in the ceiling and decorated it. An important component of creativity is seeing a relationship between apparently incompatible or unrelated objects and then drawing the improbable out into the open and exploiting it. In writing, especially in poetry, this happens sometimes almost by accident. In my novel, Deadly Portfolio: A Killing in Hedge Funds, I can point to several instances as well. Serendipity does not take place in a vacuum. It must be called into play by creative activity. When it occurs, it is thrilling—when the result overreaches the effort put forth.