Creativity Sundays: Brunch with Eliza David

Creativity Sundays

 

The table is set and we are sitting down with author/blogger Eliza David.

Join us for some insight into her creative mind.

 

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What is on your table for brunch?

Shrimp & Grits, Bacon, and bottomless black coffee.

 

Describe yourself.

Witty, pretty, well-read, and well-fed.

 

What is your creative mission?

To create carefree diverse female characters who are best at making love and raising hell.

 

What is your primary form of creative expression?

Romance/erotic writing, although I also write for feminist and parenting blogs. I’m so diverse.

 

When did you first discover your love or passion for this form?

My first love story (fan fiction about select members of the music groups Boyz II Men and Jodeci) was written with a friend when I was fourteen.  Though it was very sexual in content, I was still a virgin.  When my mother found it and put me on punishment, I knew that what I wrote was damn good and promised myself that I’d write a romance novel one day. 21 years later, I released The Cougarette (which is free on Amazon – shameless plug!).

 

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What are your secondary forms of creative expression?

Blogging, but I do a lot of reading.

 

How did you discover these?

Blogging became a natural extension of my novel writing.  At first, the blog was established to be a marketing tool for my books.  Now, it becoming something more.  I love using my space to give my fellow indie authors some love.

 

Have you had any formal training?

Besides education and lots of boyfriends, nope.

 

Do you think formal training is necessary?

Not at all. Writing is organic. I think everyone has a writer inside of them.  What is necessary is reading.  If you don’t read, you can’t write…at least, not well.

 

How do you deal with creative blocks?

A nap can work wonders.  When I can’t do that, reading has been helpful.  

 

Tell us a little about your creative process.  

When I come up with an idea, I immediately begin plotting it.  I sit with that plot structure for a few days, rereading it to see if I’m attached to it.  If I am, I start writing.  The irony is, I rarely stick to the plot I construct.  That’s when writing gets fun.

 

Tell us about one of your projects.  

My current project is the first book of a spinoff from The Cougarette series.  It’s based on the best friend of The Cougarette – a fortysomething white lesbian who is also a divorcee with a child. It’s called Savage and will be out in September.

 

What motivates you? How do you stay motivated?

My family, the works of Alice Walker & James Baldwin, my readers – all of that motivate motivates me to keep pushing the pen.  

 

Describe your creative space. What type of environment works best for you?

My creative space is wherever I can make it – my office/guest room, my lunch hour, the wee hours of the morning on my couch. Because I work full time and have small children, I have to grab my writing time when and where I can.

 

How do you practice self-care and self-love as a creative?

Good question. It’s something I need to implement more.  Although I shower daily (LOL!), one thing I never miss out on is my weekend bath.  Just me and a mineral soak – no electronics, books, or Kindle. I’m thankful that my family allows me that moment to unwind alone.

 

What words of inspiration do you have for new or struggling creatives?

Keep writing. Keep reading. Keep sharing your thoughts.  Someone out there needs to read your story – write for that person.

 

What is your favorite word?

Serendipity. The search for one thing and finding another defines my life and my writing.

 

What is your favorite quote?

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” –Toni Morrison

 

Do you use music/playlists to help inspire you? What songs and artists in particular?

Cannot write without my playlists!  My current playlist for Savage includes songs by Joan Jett, The Runaways, Grace Jones, Heart, and Tina Turner.

 

Where can people find you and your work?

Blog: www.elizadavidwrites.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/elizadwrites

Twitter: www.twitter.com/elizadwrites

Instagram: www.instagram.com/writegirlproblems

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/ElizaDavid

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Inspiring Words Creativity Prompts: Day 16

Use these three words to inspire your creation today. Write a story, poem, essay, section of a novel, or song. Paint or draw a picture. Use your camera to capture the words in a unique way.

I have used the Oxford Dictionary website to pick unique words & phobias. Feel free to think outside of the box with these definitions.

Just simply create!

eucatastrophe: a happy ending to a story

hypegiaphobia: fear of responsibility

puissant: powerful or influential

Inspiring Words Creativity Prompts: Day 12

Use these three words to inspire you creation today. Write a story, poem, essay, section of a novel, or song. Paint or draw a picture. Use your camera to capture the words in a unique way.

I have used the Oxford Dictionary website to pick unique words & phobias. Feel free to think outside of the box with these definitions.

Just simply create!

lollygag: to spend time in an aimless or lazy way

acrophobia: fear of high places

zephyr: a soft, gentle breeze

Inspiring Words Creativity Prompts: Day 10

Use these three words to inspire you creation today. Write a story, poem, essay, section of a novel, or song. Paint or draw a picture. Use your camera to capture the words in a unique way.

I have used the Oxford Dictionary website to pick unique words & phobias. Feel free to think outside of the box with these definitions.

Just simply create!

possident: a possessor, i.e. a person who owns something

autophobia: fear of loneliness

wreathe: twist or entwine

Inspiring Words Creativity Prompts: Day 9

Use these three words to inspire you creation today. Write a story, poem, essay, section of a novel, or song. Paint or draw a picture. Use your camera to capture the words in a unique way.

I have used the Oxford Dictionary website to pick unique words & phobias. Feel free to think outside of the box with these definitions.

Just simply create!

scrippage: one’s baggage and personal belongings

logophobia: fear of words

quidnunc: an inquisitive and gossipy person

Inspiring Words Creativity Prompts: Day 8

Use these three words to inspire you creation today. Write a story, poem, essay, section of a novel, or song. Paint or draw a picture. Use your camera to capture the words in a unique way.

I have used the Oxford Dictionary website to pick unique words & phobias. Feel free to think outside of the box with these definitions.

Just simply create!

toplofty: haughty and arrogant

kinetophobia: fear of motion

summer: a year of a person’s age

Fall Back Into Creativity: Day 19

What do you value?

Fall Back Into Creativity: Day 15

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Fall Back Into Creativity: Day 9

Describe your happy place, your sanctuary. What does it look like? What does it feel like?

Hello June! No Fear Creativity Challenge

Hello June

 

In the month of June make a daily effort to face your creative fears. Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. Take your creativity in a direction that you may have thought was out of your reach.

Why?

Because sometimes you don’t know how long your arms are until you try to reach for something you thought was too far away.

Take some risks. Write that memoir. Write the essay that has been on your mind for a long time. Write the poems you have been afraid to write. Try a different art medium. Take the pictures you have dreamed of taking. Try a new art form. Challenge yourself to journal, draw, or blog every day. Write the lyrics that you haven’t written for fear no one would get it. Start that novel that you’ve always wanted to write and work on it every day. Create a character that challenges and even scares you.

Don’t let fear keep you in your comfort zone.

No one has to see what you are working on but you. You are accountable to yourself. Prove to yourself that fear is not going to stop you from taking your creativity to the next level.

Ready…

Set…

CREATE!