How to foster creativity in our lives is often a bit of a puzzle (sorry for the pun), especially if our livelihood depends on that oh-so elusive noun. Instead of chasing story ideas around like a hapless rat in a maze, it’s time to try something else. Take a careful step away from the computer and then plunge into another activity. I love working puzzles, especially seascapes with lighthouses. Even better, take a trip and find a real lighthouse or two like I did one summer a couple of years ago.

Maybe you’re not a writer, but creativity can come in many forms. Maybe you’re just bored. Try a new recipe. Go to a museum. Take a walk. Go camping (horrors, but then I’m an inside gal). Read a book. Yeah, read one of mine.

Just get out of that rut.