I had a lovely vacation after releasing Scout's Honour. It's good for me, as a creative type, to make sure I have mental breaks. This doesn't necessarily mean I'm not being creative, but it means I'm being creative on my own terms.
As an author, I view my writing time seriously. I set aside my mornings five days a week just to write. I take Wednesdays and Saturdays off from the stories I write to publish, so I can keep my creative self fresh and ready to go. What do I do with that time?
All kinds of things. I love to make art. My favourites are crayons and watercolour pencils. Watercolour pencils just might be the neatest things around, and they're so versatile. I adore sewing, and am working on Aili's (and other character's) outfits already. Cooking is a lot of fun, and I've been looking at making recipes for some of the foods Aili loves in the books. Mashed roots and berries, or pan bread, anyone? I'm really into photography, especially wildlife photography. The local zoo is my playground (at least in normal times).
I also have personal stories I write, where I can explore any topic I want. Do I want to go into space? Maybe explore personal relationships? My personal stories are a great way to do this.
Even when I'm on vacation, I write every day. Maybe it's personal stories. Maybe I'm writing a journal entry for myself. Maybe I'm working on another blog I have. I can't help but write. It's what I do. By varying what I write, I keep my creativity alive.
So, what do you do to keep your creative self happy? Not everyone can organize their life around writing (or art) and some people must catch writing time whenever they can. We all have different needs, so we must find what works for us personally.
This photo was taken at the zoo. I'd never seen the big cats so active. For more photos I've done, you can visit www.deviantart.com and search for the user waverain. Now that I've learned a lot more about photo editing, it might be time to look through my collection again!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.