What’s Your Other Hobby?

Creative people are often creative in more than one way. In addition to writing fiction, I also do some web design and I dabble in jewelry-making. After a day of too many words (at work and on the page), it can be very enjoyable to to do some visual, tactile creating with beads. Heavy, charcoal hematite beads mixed with diamond-cut silver beads glitter on the bead board. Laying out the beads in orderly or random patterns is strangely soothing and satisfying. Working on new jewelry pieces also gives me time to think over plot events or character arcs.

Other writers with creative hobbies:

Lynn Viehl, author of the Stardoc series and the Darkyn series, draws, paints and uses graphic software to create settings and characters from her books and short stories.

Tamara Siler Jones, author of the Dubric Byerly series, creates gorgeous quilts.

Kara Lennox, author of over fifty romance novels, creates and sells wearable memo pads “for the foxy, but forgetful woman”.

What creative hobbies do you have beside writing?

Less Guilt, More Fun

One of the things I like most about our writers group, the Saturday Writers, is that we are each at different stages with our writing. And because of that we each bring unique insights to the group.

For me, I’m still in the hobby stage of writing. Writing has been with me for many years, but it is still a dream, not a goal. I dabble in it, I don’t seriously pursue it. And knowing that about myself I can throw off the guilt that we women take on too easily.

No “I should be writing more.” No blame, no guilt trips. Just writing for fun. Writing for the sake of writing. Because I want to work on a story, not because I have to. And that is an okay place to be. When I’m ready to make writing a bigger part of my life, it will be there.

But like any good hobby, I spend a lot of time thinking about writing and studying books on writing. If I pack enough writing knowledge into my brain, then when writing takes center stage in my life, all that learning will be there, ready to use.

The book I’m currently reading is One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths for Writers by Gail Sher. I really like her four truths. They are:

  1. Writers write.
  2. Writing is a process.
  3. You don’t know what your writing will be until the end of the process.
  4. If writing is your practice, the only way to fail is to not write.

I understand #2. After all this study and reading on writing, I understand that writing is a process. You don’t just flip a switch and instantly become a bestseller. It takes time and effort, like any occupation or hobby.

#3 also makes sense. You have to finish the story to see what it actually becomes. It certainly never looks like the story I had in my mind when I started. But if it bears some resemblance, I’m okay with that.

#1 and #4 are my sticking points. I don’t have the daily practice of writing. When I did write daily, even just in a journal, I found that my “official” writing, whatever story I was working on, came out so much easier. So my challenge is to get back into the daily habit. Because I want to work on my story daily, not because I have to. Less guilt, more fun, more writing.

Where are you at on your writing path?

Hi!

Welcome to the Saturday Writer’s blog! We’re a group of writers in and around the Des Moines, Iowa area. We write in many different genres, but we all love writing.

Stay tuned as we talk about writing – what works for us and what doesn’t.