I 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?