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The Swarm of Creativity

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Philip Overby, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

    I haven't been posting much here like I used to in the past and I think a lot of it has to do with writing less than I used to. I've always seen writing as something that has hills and valleys and sometimes consistency isn't always there for whatever reason. Despite not writing the volume I used to, I'm still writing, it's just other creative endeavors have sidetracked me. This includes a band, a podcast, a renewed interest in art, and even designing games. The fact that I have so many creative outlets I suppose has reduced my need for writing to be my sole focus. I could certainly see this as a bad thing, but I'm looking at it more as being satisfied creatively rather than being depressed I'm not focusing on my writing like I used to. It's not even that I have writer's block (which I don't believe in) it's just that I'm dead set to finish a certain project that's become much longer than I originally planned. My last Splatter Elf short was published in November 2015, and I had planned to have many more available by then. But 2016 hit me in the face with so many things, I've just been riding the wave.

    So question: do you often get sidetracked by other creative endeavors, enjoy it, and ride it out or do you stress that your main love, writing, is getting the cold shoulder?
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  2. Svrtnsse

    Svrtnsse Staff Article Team

    I keep getting other things popping up that take up my time. I do my mix-sets, and I'm producing a book as an art-project, and I do some other bits of writing as well. It's not that much as far as projects and time goes. I could probably fit in working on my fiction if I wanted to. The issue is I have a hard time switching between projects. I need need some time between when I stop working on one until I start working on the next.
  3. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Istar

    This is an issue I've had, even using a winery as a creative outlet... which still makes money so it sucks time, LOL. However, I've gone the opposite direction and have chopped out the other creative avenues (gaming, game creation, screenwriting, world building disease gets stuck in there, map art) and focused on writing for the first time in 20 years or more. And I kick myself now for all those detours, but at the same time, life experience will make the writing richer. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    I think it was Mark Twain who was obsessed with shooting pool which probably cost him a lot of writing, heh heh. I'll blame pool halls and dart boards for my lack of productivity in my 20's, LOL, plus online gaming... even the text MMO Dragon Realms and table RPGs sucked too much time. GM'n games sucked lots of creative energy.

    Creative ADD has ruled my life, too many pokers in the fire, but I've finally gotten to the point where I just want to shut my money making business down and hermit-write, heh heh. Unfortunately, this is the real world, need to make money writing before I do that.
  4. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

    I'm in the same boat with Demesnedenoir (I get the stern!). I was big into music, both acoustic and electronic. Made seven CDs. It was really fulfilling, creatively. But I made a deliberate choice and I chose writing. I'm paying the price. :)
  5. Heliotrope

    Heliotrope Staff Article Team

    For me it's not so much creative but athletic endeavours. I'm an active member of my local search and rescue and I'm training as navigator for an adventure race team. I also spend a lot of time mountain biking and camping between March-October which means no electricity, which means a lot of my writing is written by hand fireside (or telling the story around the campfire).

    I've resigned myself to the fact that I may never make money doing this and that is ok. That's not my goal. Slowly and steadily I will plow along on my little writing project and when it happens it happens. I enjoy so many things in my life that I'm not willing to give up to be pro. I just don't want it that bad. Lol.
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  6. Writing is such an innate part of me that i can't really get sidetracked from writing. I have long periods where i don't actually work of books or stories, yes, but during that time i am always coming up with ideas and writing them down, processing my own experiences so they can eventually inform my stories, writing down names or sentences I like, working on poetry or songwriting, or acting out my characters' dialogue in the shower (no, i'm not kidding, i have done this)--it's always something, and I don't even try to do this, it's just the way my mind works. Occasionally, i seek other creative outlets, like drawing. I'm kind of terrible at it, but it is a creative outlet. Possibly, the reason why other creative outlets don't sidetrack me is that i'm just awful at everything except writing, haha.
  7. ChasingSuns

    ChasingSuns Sage

    Aside from writing, I also make music, and have recently started getting involved in film making. It's hard to juggle the different creative projects, along with work and classes. I still try to find time to write as often as possible, though it isn't every day like it was before I started doing other things. I've pivoted a lot of my writing time to short stories recently, because that way I'm still getting in practice, and I'm pumping out more finished products. A lot of the short stories are set in the world of my novel, so it also helps me do some worldbuilding in the process.
  8. Helen

    Helen Inkling

    Oh boy, it's tough. I get sidetracked aaaall the time.

    I find that to finish a piece of work, I have to focus on it to the exclusion of everything else. Else it drags on and on and on...
  9. Velka

    Velka Sage

    I find that engaging in my other creative pursuits actually helps my writing. Taking time to knit/sew/crochet is as relaxing as meditation to me and I often come up with new ideas, figure out ways to fix story or character problems, etc. while going through the repetitive motions.

    Woodworking helps be build my creative problem solving skills (I pretty much wing it, so there's lots of problems to solve).

    Gardening also gives me time to think, and there's something about being covered in dirt and being in nature that is reenergizing. Whenever I'm stumped on a story, or too mentally or emotionally exhausted to write, an hour in the garden usually sorts it out.

    I sometimes still feel guilt, using spare time to pursue other endeavours, but I'm personally working on creating more balance in my life, and it's hard to have balance when all my creative ducks are in one basket.
  10. Yay! Someone who understands that gardening nurtures the creative soul!
  11. Gribba

    Gribba Troubadour

    I have the same problem.
    Beating my self up about such things makes me less productive and my bad conscious brings negative feelings to the table, that is not helpful when it comes to writing and wanting to get forward with my projects.
    So I am trying to teach myself not to beat myself over the head when that happens and just allow myself to take on what I am doing at the moment, often those other things spark something or give me ideas I can use.

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