I am a writer. I write words here, I write words on Twitter, I write words with aspirations that people will make them into television shows and movies. Writing words all the time can be exhausting. It can be depleting. If all you do is write words, plan to the words you are going to write and edit the words you have already written– you leave no time to do new things so that you can write new things. Go places, do things, see things, make things. Doing other things is important.
I have found this to be a very important lesson, because writing can be really hard. Okay? It can be. Writer’s block is a colloquialism for a reason. Over the past month or so, I’ve been freelancing, and for the first time in a long time I have a lot of time to devote to my creative ambitions, which is great. Don’t get me wrong. It’s amazing. But I’ve also given myself time to enjoy a multitude of creative things. So this is what this long-winded post is about. The creative things I do when I am not writing.
I like doing crafty things. I come from a long line of crafty women. So when I’m not writing or watching T.V., I make stuff. It’s relaxing. I especially like making people things as gifts.
I made my sister-in-law some decorative yoga things to hang in their in home gym.
I made my best friend a Hamilton inspired thing to hang in her new apartment, because she took the plunge and moved to NYC this January.
I made my little niece something for her birthday.
I stitched and watched TV. Making something creative with no purpose or agenda is necessary. When I put my primary focus down for a little while It’s mother-f-ing amazing. I can practically feel the new pathways opening in my brain. Then, most magically of all, when I go to sit down at my primary creative venture…it’s just easier. For a time. Then I need to take a break again, eventually. Probably for food. Sustenance is important.
So here is a happy post about something small (not particularly related to Movies/TV) and creative that gives me joy.