Sunday, March 24, 2013

7 What Other Creative Pursuits Do You Enjoy?


Hey everyone! It’s Clara Kensie, back with a new Question of the Week! Pretty much the only thing writers love as much as writing is talking about writing. So each week here at Adventures in YA Publishing, I post a question for you to answer. The questions cover all topics important to writers: craft, career, writers’ life, reading and books. Together we’ll become better writers by sharing tips and discussing our habits and practices.


Question of the week for March 24, 2013:

Other than writing, what creative pursuits do you regularly enjoy?

Crafts, watercolors, photography, pottery. Sewing, music, dancing, design. What are your other creative outlets?




My answer: I’ve always been a creative person. Along with creative writing, art was my favorite subject in school, and my favorite student activities were choir and poms. As an adult I was a huge scrapbooker for a few years—I shudder when I think of how much money I spent on scrapbooking supplies! I also painted, a hobby I was able to turn into a job. Yep, people, actual, real live human beings, paid me to paint murals on their walls, a fact that astounded me because I didn’t think I was very talented.

I’ve enjoyed writing since I was a kid, but when I started writing my first novel a few years ago, it sucked up all my creativity for anything else. I discovered a joy in writing that I’d never experienced before in any other creative pursuit: an obsessive, addictive joy. Today, writing is my main creative outlet. It’s all I need. Every so often I’ll set a canvas on my easel and take a paintbrush to it, but usually it’s to open a new way of thinking about my current manuscript—to capture a mood in paint that I then describe in words.

YOUR TURN: Other than writing, what creative pursuits do you regularly enjoy? Did you give up any of them in favor of writing, or are you able to find a balance? Do you think your other creative outlets help you with your writing? In what way?

7 comments:

  1. I used to scrapbook, but I haven't had time lately. I do like to *help* my son with projects for school. Probably a little too much. :)
    I also sing a lot, especially in the car and when I'm alone at work.
    I definitely think my love of music helps my writing, because I spend a lot of time finding the perfect writing music.

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    1. Hooray, another scrapbooker! Like you, now that I don't do it anymore, I let my daughter use my old supplies for school projects.

      And you're a singer too! Glad to know music helps your writing. :-)

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  2. I love smashbooking and Mixed Media Art at the moment. I wish I had more time for it though! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Okay, I may be late to the party, but this is the first I've heard of smashbooking. I just Googled it. It's awesome! Totally something I would enjoy. Thank YOU for sharing, Valia!

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  3. I dance full time with a ballet company, but when I go off to school it will have to go on the back burner. It'll be fun though, i think, to treat it more as a hobby and not be so serious about it all the time. Also I used to play piano a lot, and it would be nice to start back up again. I also have been teaching myself to knit and would really like to learn to play the harmonica!

    dapolkabot.blogspot.com

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    1. How impressive, Kateri! I love love love ballet, but I've never done it myself. It's so beautiful. A character in one of my manuscripts is a ballet dancer.

      You seem like an incredibly creative person. I'm in awe!

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  4. My creative life is full of "I used to...." That list includes drawing, gardening, rubber stamping, and scrapbooking. All of those fell by the wayside to writing, but finally I've found one that has stuck. For the past several years, I have designed family newsletters. Although their frequency has lessened, I still put out one at least every month.

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