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The Best of …Carol Burnside (Annie Rayburn)

a-Carol-HeadShotWhat I love about all of Carol/Annie’s posts is that they are real and relatable. Out of this last year, Does Creativity Spark Creativity? really resonated with me. It’s a great question. One I think I’ll ask myself at the beginning of each new year.

By the way, Carol’s answer was to write away. She just released a free short story, Home for Christmas. Don’t miss in 2014: A Suitable Wife in Jan; Her Unexpected Family in Feb; and His Small Town Princess in Mar.


Does Creativity Spark Creativity?

I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying, “Out with the old. In with the new.” For a lot of people, a new year means change, resolutions, a clean slate in which to begin anew. But the truth of the matter is, that’s all a matter of attitude, a frame of mind.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone saying they want to repeat last year or 1997 because that was a good year, or that they want to do everything the way they did last year. We like a certain amount of change. Without it, we stagnate and grow bored.

For me the new year means I need fresh spreadsheets to track my writing productivity and sales numbers. It means I need to get started on the summary I send my accountant. Somewhere in all that, I usually reflect on what I accomplished in the previous year and adjust my goals. Upward and onward.

Several months ago, when the new year was just a speck in the distance, I decided I wanted to indulge myself more, to do what I love and enjoy it. I want to indulge in reading more and rediscover the pleasure of losing myself in a book. I want to be creative in other ways than writing, to rediscover the pleasure of the needlework crafts I once loved. I’ll also indulge my talent for design and tackle re-decorating another room in my house because it really needs a facelift. Yeah, parts of that can be a chore, but I love the end result, so I’ll deal. I’ll enjoy the fresh, updated look.

But what about the writing? Interestingly enough, the more other creative things I do, the more I itch to write. Could it be that creativity sparks more creativity? All I know is I’m looking forward to 2013 with a new attitude and am excited to see what the year yields.

How do you look at a new year? Is it just another day or do you see it as a clean slate, a blank page full of possibilities?

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Marilyn Baron - December 24, 2013 - 4:06 am

I believe that creativity sparks creativity. When I read a good book it makes me want to write. I think we’re all indoctrinated to think that a new year should bring change and it represents an opportunity for a clean slate. I’m looking forward to 2014 and to starting new writing projects.

Carol Burnside - December 24, 2013 - 1:12 pm

Thanks, Sia. I’m looking forward to 2014, more releases and a lot of writing.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sandra Elzie - December 24, 2013 - 11:29 pm

Sorry I’m a little late to the party, but I’ve got to comment on your article. (Good choice) I love being creative, but I suck at most craft-type things. Writing comes naturally, but I’ve often wished I could paint or take spectacular pictures. Ho-Hum.

But indulging myself? That’s easy. :) This New Year I plan to continue the course I’m on. I’ve become very comfortable with writing Home & Hearth type stories and as I watch the world crumble, I love having good books that always have a happily ever after ending.

Connie Gillam - December 26, 2013 - 6:11 pm

The new year always brings me hope. Hope that the coming year will be better, hope that I’ll reach new heights in creativity, hope that this will be the year my professional writing career takes off.

All this hinges on my writing and continuing to write year long.
Here’s to the New Year.

Sia Huff - December 28, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Wonderful, Marilyn. Keep writing.

Your welcome, Carol. I’m looking forward to 2014 also. And your releases. I might try a new creative hobby for the New Year… learn to knit.

Keep those H&H books coming, Sandy.

I love the hope each New Year brings too, Connie. I hope your creativity sees new heights.

Wishing everyone a fantastic New Year, filled with all your dreaming of.

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