Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June IWSG: What Do You Do Between Projects?

Happy IWSG post day! 

If I may be honest here for a moment, creative people have complicated minds. There’s a lot going on inside our heads! It's been my experience, when I’m not allowing my creativity to flow, my brain can be downright messy.

I recently completed another round of revisions on my MS and have passed it onto a couple of readers. (If you read Mystery, think Cozy w/ lots of humor & a bit of romance, and want to beta read, email me at candice.fite@gmail.com.) 

But, in the meantime...

When I’m between writing projects, it’s best if I redirect my creativity down other avenues. Otherwise, I get clogged. Anxiety and frustration build, and before you know it, I’m a moody butt nobody wants to be around. I want to believe many creative folk suffer from this, and I’m not the only one. But maybe I’m just trying to make myself feel normal.

If you’re anything like me, you may need to step back from the computer for a spell. Here a few things I like to do to keep my inspiration and creativity flowing between writing projects.
 
Yoga – sequencing classes for my students. Putting together postures that flow and compliment one another. My yoga mat is my blank page, my palette. Every class sequence is different, producing different results. Like art.


Art –specifically painting. Colors stimulate the senses and keep the right brain cranking. You don’t have to be a professional artist to create art. Let the color and canvas tell you what it wants to be.




Gardening –an art my grandmother taught me when I was a child. Plant compatibility and garden design is where the art comes into play. It’s creation in a simplistic form.



Here’s a great article sent to me by a writer friend about why it’s important to keep your creativity churning. 3 Simple Ways to Be More Creative (And Why It's Important)

So, what do you do to keep yourself in the zone when you’re not writing?

The IWSG meets globally (online, of course!) on the 1st Wednesday of the month. From the IWSG website: Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. 

If you're interested in joining the Insecure Writer's Support Group, click on the link above. You can also visit them on Facebook.

19 comments:

  1. If I tried Yoga, I'd tie myself in a knot.
    That's why I play guitar. It's another creative outlet and very relaxing.

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    1. That's funny, Alex! Yes, music is yet another way to express our creativity.

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  2. Usually, my house and general life is in such a neglected state by the time I'm done, I'm too busy playing catch-up to do much else. LOL

    Great post. :)
    IWSG #215 until Alex culls the list again.

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  3. My other artistic outlet is photography. It's a much more instant-gratification sort of thing than writing. ;-)

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    1. Photography is perfect! And like my painting, I find it much more gratifying as well. Writing takes months, years to perfect, but a painting, only hours. :)

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  4. I attended a yoga class with my daughter this past Sunday. I think we're going to make it a regular outing. I was amazed at how relaxing it was and then at how much energy I had gained afterward. It really felt great letting my mind focus on physical activity rather than my internal thoughts.

    Yoga is GOOD, indeed!

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    1. Yoga as a regular outing is great! I love the way I feel, mind and body, when I'm done with a class. Yay, you!!

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  5. Meditation! People never make time for it, but it does help clear the mind. I'm guilty of not fitting it into my schedule, but I need to change that ASAP.

    Good luck with your projects.

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  6. I would love to try yoga someday soon - it sounds like something I would really enjoy.
    You're so right about creative people having messy minds!

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    1. For me, messy is an understatement. Yoga certainly helps with that. :)

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  7. Honestly, I'm always working/thinking about a project, so it's ahrd to say what's in-between. Although I'm always absorbing inspiration from reading/viewing/listening/living experiences, so there's that, too. And I do good thinking while walking or working or other in-between-writing experiences. Does that count?

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    1. I enjoy a brisk walk as well. It helps clear the cobwebs out of my brain. And yes, it counts. :)

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  8. Yep, I'm a head case too. There's always more going on in my head than anywhere else, lol! When I get frenzied from too much computer work I go for a walk, do some gardening as well, crochet or sit on my back veranda and absorb the soothing green-ness of the garden. In other words, grounding.

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    1. Leonie, I love how you call it "grounding". Such a perfect term for it. :)

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  9. Art & gardening-YES! And I'd love to take a yoga class from you. As for me, between projects I read--a lot. And exercise, and ponder my next book.

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  10. Lately I've been seeing a lot of authors who have other talents. A friend of mine had numerous books published with major publishers and now self-publishes. She's "retired" and enjoying life doing things her way--but what's funny is she also paints, acts, and sings. She's doing plays in her beach town now. It makes me feel a little inadequate because writing is pretty much all I do. Besides eating and shopping. :-)

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  11. Writing to me is my outlet. I have a very physical job, so letting loose my imagination keeps me sane. If my emotions are doing the rollercoaster thing its time to sit down + get busy. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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