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Can Discipline Inspire the Creative Flow?


Discipline vs Creativity OR Discipline and Creativity?

Discipline is often thought to be the opposite of creativity. The reality, however, is that the right kinds of discipline can help spur on creativity in new and exciting ways.

Often, I speak with aspiring authors and one thing that many of them have in common is that they tend to wait until inspiration hits before they sit down to write. They want the internal muse to start singing and dancing before they create the art. I’m not speaking poorly of anyone. I remember going through that phase myself.

I also talk with lot of published authors, some of whom are extremely successful and I can’t think of a single one who waits for a wave of inspiration. What do the published authors have in common?

Read my guest post at the Positive Writer to find out. Leave a comment and let me know what you think, too!


  1. Stacy,
    I just read your guest post on the Positive Writer and I wanted to thank you for the inspiration. After reading your article, I realized that I need to look at myself as a writer. Even though the content that I’ve been producing (so far) has been mainly blog posts, I can write. Actually, a few years ago, I wrote and published a training manual on virtual tour photography. That may not be a novel but it does qualify as non-fiction.

    1. Hi Sherryl,
      I’m so glad that you found inspiration from the post! 🙂 Writing comes in many forms, not just being an author. Bloggers are definitely writers. Blogging holds its own challenges, and I personally find it more difficult to write an 800 word post than writing 2000 words of fiction! You should certainly think of yourself as a writer.

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