Q&A On Creativity: Nick Daws (The Creativity Series)

It has been a pleasure being a Writer Warrior on Triberr. I’ve connected with a number of really wonderful people. Many in the group responded to my call for articles or interviews about Creativity.

Here, In this Q & A, British freelance writer and editor Nick Daws reveals why creativity is important to him both personally and professionally…

The Creativity Series: Nick Daws on Creativity


Q. What do you do that is creative?

A. As I am a full-time freelance writer and editor, some would say that everything I do is creative. Personally, however, I feel that some of my work is more creative than others.

Sometimes I’m hired for my creativity – this applies especially with copywriting work. At other times, such as when I’m editing a book, the scope for creativity is less.

Even so, there are often many possible ways to edit a text, and creativity still plays an important role in achieving the best possible outcome for all concerned.

Q. How do you use your creativity?

A. I use my creativity in my work, as mentioned above, and also for coming up with ideas for new projects of my own. Although I write for clients to pay the bills, I enjoy fiction writing when the time permits, and always have a few short stories and other projects on the go.

Another area where I have to be creative is in marketing myself and seeking out new outlets and opportunities. Being a freelance writer is a tough gig at times. You have to be creative in how you present and market yourself. And sometimes you may have to reinvent yourself entirely!

Q. Why is creativity important to you?

A. Creativity is essential to me partly because, as I said above, it’s one aspect of what my clients pay me for (and sometimes the main thing).

Beyond that, though, creativity is what keeps me excited and motivated by my work, and always trying to do better. I’d hate to have a job that offered no scope for creativity. I’d soon go mad from boredom!

Q. Who or what has been a creative influence on you?

A. There are numerous brilliant creative writers whose example has inspired me – just a few examples would include the British poet and novelist Laurie Lee, science-fiction author Roger Zelazny, thriller writers Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and fantasy author Robin Hobb.

There are also some brilliant bloggers whose creativity (and productivity) never cease to amaze me: Darren Rowse of Problogger, for example, and Joanna Penn, of The Creative Penn.

More generally, the Internet itself has been a huge creative influence on me. It’s an endless source of creative ideas and inspiration.

Q. What do you feel your creativity does for others?

A. For my clients, I hope my creativity helps them to produce the very best work they can – be it a book, a website, a blog, an advertisement, or whatever. And I hope that, through my work, my creativity inspires readers to try new challenges, to take on projects they might not otherwise have considered, and to find new sources of fulfillment and creative satisfaction.


Byline: Nick Daws is a professional freelance writer and editor, living in the English county of Staffordshire. He has a blog at www.mywritingblog.com and a homepage at www.nickdaws.co.uk. His publications for writers include the CD-based Write Any Book in Under 28 Days and Kindle Kash, a downloadable guide for writers who want to publish their work for profit on the Amazon Kindle platform.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tumultuousjourney
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 00:46:26

    Very nice, good interview, I believe that creativity is part of what helps us to live and not just survive.


  2. Nick Daws
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 07:13:23

    Thank you for publishing my interview, Stuart. If anyone would like to ask me any questions, please feel free to post them here!


  3. Lisa Wields Words
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 10:40:21

    Interesting interview. Finding ways to stay creative on the job, or jobs that are based on creativity seem a key element to enjoying life.


  4. Roberta Budvietas
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 17:35:28

    Nick and many of my writing creative friends share a similar philosophy. Being creative and purposeful means using your gift in many ways. Thanks for sharing Stuart


  5. RAAckerman @ Cerebrations.biz
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 08:50:54

    I know that my creativity is different than most, so that tempers my comments somewhat.
    I agree that works by others- be they works of fiction, non-fiction, sculpture, painting, and music- absolutely can inspire us. And, that we need such inspiration. Some may also feel tinges of jealousy that may spark some creativity.
    But, I believe we need to continually evaluate what we see, what we hear, and what we think. To question what it is we “know”, what we “discern”, and what we “assume”. By challenging these notions, determining what alternatives to this “knowledge” may exist, we can truly be creative in what we do.


  6. bornstoryteller
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 10:29:23

    Thanks for all the comments. I feel that no matter how you “judge” creativity, it is a lynchpin for what we all should embrace.


  7. Cindy Murphy
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 12:27:18

    Creativity comes in all forms. I love the way you write and love your writing in many forms, not just for your clients.

    Writing is a gift and you obviously have one.



  8. PeggyLee Hanson
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 11:18:23

    I love to write. My biggest overall dream is to make all my dreams come true from it. Thanks for spreading the authoring inspiration!


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