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Monday, April 18, 2016


Mary is a blogger, writer, and photographer over at The Reid Who Writes. Today, she's giving us a little peek into the inspiration behind some of her creative process as a writer.

Hey, y’all! I’m Mary Shelley Reid from The Reid Who Writes, and I – wait for it – write. For as long as I can remember I’ve loved the look of words on pages and the sound of them as they’re strung together to create something beautiful. It’s magic, honestly. But when Rachel asked me if I wanted to do a Creative Culture guest post, I sort of panicked. Though I do love to write, I really don’t have a set-in-stone process; I’m completely spontaneous. 

For example, the other day I was driving down a road that I drive down probably once a week. It’s a common highway and the only way I know to get from Clemson to Easley. And though I’ve driven on it countless times during the sixteen years I’ve lived here, I never really stopped to see, really see, what lies beyond it. On a certain stretch of the highway, you can look down and see a monstrous tree nursery. It’s beautiful, and I took note of that as I was driving. Overlooking the nursery is a beautiful house. Compared to my family’s little house, it’s a mansion. And on this particular day, I didn’t feel like thinking of all the things I had to do, so all the deadlines, obligations, and responsibilities slipped from my mind.

And in that simple, careless glance, I had developed a setting. The giant of my mind picked up the house and nursery and moved it into the mountains of North Carolina, then turned it into an apple orchard. This is usually how any sort of inspiration starts for me. It’s completely spontaneous, and for now, I’m okay with that. 

After the general spark of inspiration, I have to discipline myself a little more and be intentional about what I plan to write. I’ll develop an outline, make a character chart, come up with a theme, and recently I’ve started creating story boards on pinterest (because any excuse to use pinterest is a good excuse). It’s hard work, but it’s always worth it.

I have to let myself think that someday someone will read what I write because if I don’t, I’ll lose hope and stop altogether. But the reality is, it will probably be a long, long time before I come close to publishing anything. Right now, my focus has to be school and getting into college and graduating, and writing, unfortunately, comes after that. But just thinking like a writer gives me a whole new view of life. I see potential in everything and everyone. I try to see both sides of every situation because I know that there is always more to life than what you see at first glance. I try not judge others before I know them completely because I know that nine times out of ten, no character is really flat. And most of all, I find beauty in the seemingly ordinary things.

I used to want to be someone else, but then I discovered words. It was this discovery that made me who I am today – it is why I press on and why I dream. I don’t think there will ever be a time when I’m not in awe of the power of words, and because of that, I will keep creating until my very last breath. 


Thank you so much for guest posting, Mary! It was really cool to see the relationships among your surroundings and your creativity and writing :)

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