Creative Outlets

silver pear 300I know most people would say that’s basically the sum total of my job – being creative, but it isn’t. There is a lot of admin, marketing and other works that goes into being a writer. I used to work in publishing, though, and one thing that I have really come to love with doing some self-publishing is how much I love being really involved in a project from start to finish.

The Silver Pear comes out on October 1st, and I have loved finding awesome graphics for the print version. I have spent probably way more time that I should have getting just the right images and chapter flourishes, but you know what? This is supposed to be enjoyable. And I really enjoy formatting and layout design. There is something satisfying about creating something practical and beautiful.

It’s a different kind of creativity to my writing, and I find it a great way to take a break from my work.

My sister has recently taken up quilting, although she actually has a Master’s degree in inorganic chemistry, and she loves it so much, and is so good at it!

I also like to make ribbon bookmarks which I include when someone wins a signed copy of my work. I like to match the ribbon color with the cover of the book and choose just the right sparkly things to hang on either end. It is fun, and the reader is getting something very personal from me.

I think we all like to channel some of our creative energy into something, whether it’s cooking, baking, scrapbooking, quilting or anything else. What do you do for a creative outlet?

About Michelle Diener

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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7 Responses to Creative Outlets

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Michelle,

    You’re so right! Creativity really applies to so many more things. I had a blast doing my own book trailers, picking the right pictures, the best font, and writing just the music I wanted to underline it. I also enjoy writing computer programs. And every once in a while, I have to knit up a couple skeins of yarn 🙂 I only make washcloths but the work is very satisfying.

  2. I am not creative/crafty enough to make anything, but I enjoy baking. Dessert makes everything better, right? LOL.
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  3. Edie Ramer says:

    I’ve painted and I’ve drawn cartoons. I visited a friend who I hadn’t seen for years, and I was surprised to see one of my paintings on her wall. I’d completely forgotten about it.

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I am heavily involved in the making of my own book covers and do find that both irritating (when I can’t find what I want) and creatively satisfying when I can’t. lol. I used to paint and sew, garden and do pottery, spin and knit! Nowadays it’s much harder to find the time to do anything!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Skin is here! A special new release!

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