Constraint and Creativity – A great story needs both — Writers After Dark

This is an enlightening post that writers can reap great benefits!

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An author’s job isn’t just to string words into plots. An author must govern the words, wrestle them into place, make them do his or her bidding, and use their sounds to create rich, crystal clear thoughts. It’s no easy task. Often word-wrangling is like herding cats.

Creative flow is often at odds with constraint. The flourish into which we pour our passion onto the page leaves little room for restriction. Every word, every phrase seems necessary, and even the clunky ones hold some beauty. And in the beginning, any thoughts of constraint are fearful beasts. After all isn’t constraint writer’s blocks neighbor?

Constraint is not, of course. Writer’s block is a horrific shroud that prevents the words from reaching the page. Constraint is the power to weed out the unnecessary, to apply a “less is more” approach, and in doing so, it creates strength from absence.

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

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