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A Storm of Creativity Will Immediately Change Your Life

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Stepping into the world of book writing is like facing your very own storm of creativity. Kyna Leski, in her thoughtful book, The Storm of Creativity, illustrates how every creative process, whether it’s in design, technology, business, or life, unfolds uniquely within its own whirlwind of chaos and discovery.

The concept isn’t just a metaphor, but a lived reality for many of us daring to write down our expertise and stories. It’s about recognizing that within this storm—with its unpredictability, moments of sheer brilliance, and inevitable challenges—lies the heart of our creative potential.

So how can you create your own Storm of Creativity?

Embracing the Gale of Your Storm of Creativity

Imagine your creativity as a brewing storm, much like Leski describes. It’s wild, it’s untamed, and it’s utterly exhilarating. The first step is to embrace this tempest within. Here’s how:

  • Lean into the Chaos: Chaos doesn’t have to be your enemy. Within its seemingly disordered state, there’s a pattern, a rhythm that’s yours to find. Allow yourself to be swept up by your ideas, thoughts, and the emotions they stir up. This chaos is the cradle of creativity.
  • Capture the Lightning: Those sudden, brilliant ideas that flash through your mind? Jot them down. These are your bolts of lightning in the creative storm, illuminating your path forward.
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Charting a Path Through the Winds

Navigating a storm requires strategy, and writing your book is no different. Here’s how you can chart your course:

  • Set Your Compass: Begin with your why. Like a compass in a storm, your purpose guides you. Are you aiming to inspire, to educate, or perhaps to entertain? This clarity will keep you steady.
  • Sketch Your Map: Draft an outline. It doesn’t need to detail every nook and cranny but should sketch the major landmarks of your journey. Think of it as drawing the map of an undiscovered island, where X marks the spot of your final manuscript.

Weathering the Squalls

Every storm has its squalls, and the journey of writing is no different. Here’s how to weather them:

  • Prepare for Rough Seas: Challenges like writer’s block or self-doubt are the rough seas you’ll navigate. Recognize them early, and have strategies ready. Maybe it’s a writing routine that keeps you anchored or a support group that acts as your crew.
  • Use the Winds: When inspiration blows your way, set your sails. These gusts of creativity can propel your writing to new speeds.

After the Storm

As the skies clear and your manuscript is complete, take a moment to reflect. You’ve transformed the swirling chaos of your thoughts and ideas into something structured, meaningful, and, above all, yours. This journey through the storm of creativity has not just resulted in a book; it’s honed your ability to navigate the creative process, preparing you for whatever your next project might be.

Check Out: Ep 03. Find Your Best Creativity Through Sobriety

Crafting Your Own Storm

Inspired by Kyna Leski’s profound insights, recognizing and embracing your own storm of creativity is about more than just managing chaos; it’s about finding your voice within the whirlwind and using it to tell your story. It’s understanding that this storm isn’t something to avoid but to seek out, for within it lies the essence of true creative achievement.

So, as you set out to write your book, remember that you’re not just battling a storm; you’re mastering it. You’re learning to dance in the rain and chase the lightning. And when you finally emerge, book in hand, you’ll find that the journey through the storm was worth every moment.


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Some Things To Consider When You’re in Your Storm of Creativity

  1. How often should I practice creativity to improve?
    • Like any skill, the more you practice, the better you’ll become. Aim for regularity rather than long, infrequent sessions.
  2. What if I can’t find my creative voice?
    • Finding your creative voice is a journey. Keep exploring different mediums and styles until you find what resonates with you.
  3. Can creativity be learned, or is it innate?
    • Creativity is a skill that can be nurtured and developed. While some may have a natural inclination, anyone can enhance their creative abilities with practice and dedication.
  4. How can I overcome fear of judgment when sharing my creative work?
    • Remember that every creator faces criticism. Use it constructively to grow, and don’t let fear stifle your creativity.
  5. Are there any recommended tools or apps to boost creativity?
    • Tools like mind mapping software, writing prompts, and creativity apps can provide structure and inspiration. However, the best tool is your willingness to experiment and explore.

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PS — 🩵 When it feels right, here are 3 ways I can help you turn the page:

  1. The Book Map. Imagine having a GPS for your book-writing journey, guiding you from “I think I have an idea!” all the way to “OMG, I did it! I wrote a book!” That’s what the Book Map can do for you. It’s a supercharged roadmap for your writing journey. It’s not just about outlining chapters; it’s about diving deep into what you want to say and the best way to say it, ensuring every word pulls its weight. You’re not just writing a book; you’re crafting a masterpiece that feels as if it almost writes itself. Ready to make your book dream a reality? Let’s Book Map it!
  2. One-to-One Book Coaching. I have a vision of changing the world one book at a time, by teaching world-changers to create a book in a gentler, more effective way. A way that takes both you and your reader on a profound journey. I see a future where we build trust in our words, worlds, and work with our books, and where the world becomes a better place because of the books we write. My commitment is to bring to life books—fiction and nonfiction—founded on integrity. I’ll bring the map, and you’ll take us on the journey. If you’re ready to change the world with your book, your quest awaits. Apply for a free discovery call here. It takes 3 minutes.
  3. Listen to the Podcast. The Book Coach Chronicles: A podcast for writers of books, people who want to be writers of books, and y’all in the back who’ve been thinking about it but don’t yet consider yourself a writer. Listen on AppleSpotify, or Everywhere Else.

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Holly Ostrout is a book coach with a vision of changing the world one book at a time, by teaching big-idea entrepreneurs, coaches, speakers, and authors to create a book in a gentler, more effective way. A way that takes both you and your reader on a profound journey.
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