We’ve had a few guests come and share their thoughts with you these past couple of weeks, including David McLain and Brittni Brinn. Reading their posts got me thinking, ‘what am I doing to get through this rough time,’ and the truth is, I’ve been employing some tactics of my own to try and stay creatively motivated, so I thought I would share them with you.
First of all, yes, I am still writing. But, I will admit, I did take a break when all this started and I didn’t get back into it until recently. And it was hard. Writing can be a very demanding hobby or profession, however you see it. As a writer, you have the responsibility of an entire fictional world in your head, as well as all the characters who live there. Not to mention that you have to worry about plotting out a story and getting words on to the page and all the technical difficulties like grammar and spelling and voice, that go along with that. What I’m saying is, writing can be hard at the best of times, and these are not necessarily the best of times.
So what do you do if you can’t write, but you want to stay creative? Well, you can trudge away at it, or maybe you can try something different. These past few weeks I have dedicated myself to not only writing (and in that case, I started a new, lighter project as opposed to continuing to work on Uncharted 2) but also painting and cooking.
I love to cook, so that comes easily to me, but being stuck in the house and dealing with new dietary restrictions thanks to a medical condition, I’ve been experimenting more than usual. And when it comes to painting, well it’s not something I do often, but I do enjoy it. I have found it to be a relaxing, low stress way to create and feel productive during these difficult times.
And I’m feeling brave, so here are my results:
Anyway, if you’re having trouble with your usual medium, why not try your hand at another for a little while. You may not be as good at it, but you might surprise yourself and, best of all, you’re still creating.
Thanks for reading, see you next time.