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How has your hobby made you a better writer?
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Alongside my desire to become a writer when I was a kid, I thoroughly enjoyed arts and crafts. Coloring in coloring books, drawing, painting and constructing clothes pin reindeer, among other things, was a wonderful outlet for all the energy and creativity I’m known for. Whether I am exhausted or not, I am still driven to complete the job, and do so efficiently and well. I think this came from literally learning to color between the lines. It taught me patience, which extended beyond the coloring page. The same with painting and drawing, even reindeer building.
In later years (post undergrad college, about 2005), I took up photography in earnest. I had dabbled when I could with my parent’s camera, which was a fancy Nikon with which they were nervous to let me play. I took this amazing shot of a pumpkin I had carved, but since photography was film photography then, it was a rather expensive hobby to take up, so I never pushed it. Digital had come into it’s own by 2005, and with film and digital cameras, plus a good job to now pay for the expense, I began the task of learning how to use those tools. You can see my gallery on deviantArt.com. You’ll see digital work to support my writing, photography and traditional art. The gallery is broken up by topics on the left hand side. I even have galleries where I’ve retired work, so you can see my growth from year to year. Yes, prints are available and inexpensive.
The creative arts require both patience and know how. First of all, you need to gather to you all the tools you’ll need to complete your project. You have to have a clear vision of the project, even outlining how you’ll do it. And then, you have to patiently, if not painstakingly, construct that project. While I was a kid, I had patience to do all these things in the moment that I wanted to. I never had the drive to want to sit patiently and construct stories. It was too much like homework. A bit odd I didn’t like that idea, because I did like to play school when I was little. It wasn’t all the time, but, again, when the moment drove me.
Years later, beside school being the obvious mold from which I take my research ethic and skills, it was those arts and crafts that really honed my patience and taught me the worthwhile nature of sitting down to a project and seeing it through. My years of writing conversely got me through my masters program, and, before that, teaching myself to write screenplays.
This blog is an offshoot of my years actively creating, and I hope that it shows the degree of skill I’ve garnered from my lifelong practice. From graphics to new books, I put in everything I’ve learned, whether self taught or having taken a course. (Forgive my typos and glaring mistakes, as I sometimes am in a rush to get things posted on time.)
Did you know I also craft jewelry? Or that I’m teaching myself German? You can check out more of my art on here and here. I also cook!
Let’s hop on over to see what the other authors have had to say about how their hobbies feed into their writing…
Stevie Turner says
I love the adult colouring books too. It’s very therapeutic!
Captain Maiel says
I was worried I’d get obsessive, like not stop or stay up finishing one. But I have been able to walk away. It’s been good.
P,J, MacLayne says
I find dome of the adult coloring books to be somewhat meditative. However, I feel guilty spending too much time doing them when I could be writing instead.
Captain Maiel says
I never feel guilty about doing my hobbies. They keep me sane and they help me actually think more clearly. It’s as much part of the job as putting words together.
Traci Wooden-Carlisle says
Hobbies are my gift to me. They allow me to quiet every thought on the to-do list while doing something productive.