Recently, I met with my critique group. I love my crit group. Each of us brings something special that makes our work shinier than when we started. And, I like to talk process and craft.
I talked about a long term project I've been plugging away at. I believe in the project. I've spent resources to move the project forward. Alas, as happens each school year, the project stalled and is now at a near standstill as my full-time jobs require more and more of me.
I found myself wanting to allow the writing life to guide my project rather than let my project to drive my writing life.
What does that mean?
I think -- I hope -- it means it's OK to take a step back for creative cross training.
I've never considered myself especially artistic. Yet, I enjoy making -- being crafty.
Give me earbuds, an audiobook, or Netflix documentary and I and start stenciling, snipping, and mod-podging old book pages (thank goodness for the weeded books from libraries). I never thought of this as part of my writing life until I made PLAY my olw for 2018.
|Creative Cross-Training--greeting cards|
Creative cross-training is something that has been a fascination for me. If there is a better name for it, I'd love to know. Writers I admire sometimes share that they knit or bake, garden, quilt or photograph things. Is this part of their secret? Can I make it part of mine?
Some audio books I've enjoyed about creativity are:
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (Gilbert, Elizabeth. “Big Magic.” Audible.com, Penguin Audio, 2015, www.audible.com/pd/Big-Magic-Audiobook)
Creative Quest by Questlove (Questlove. “Creative Quest.” Audible.com, Harper Collins, 2018, www.audible.com/pd/Creative-Quest-Audiobook)
I looked for a poem to capture what I mean by this creative cross-training. I didn't find one...but I'd like to. I think I need to write one.
Poetry Friday Friends what poem can you find or write to show creative cross-training? Do you creatively cross train? How so?