My writing is still going steadily. Despite Titch’s efforts to the contrary. 😀
Just putting one word after the other.
Not that I don’t have bad days, and even on a good day I often end up with less words than I started with. A lot of the writing advice I see says you shouldn’t edit as you go, but that’s the way I’ve always done it – even when I wrote in longhand.
Something else weird. I’m playing music, much more than usual. My left hand gives me a lot of pain, so I can’t play the more difficult guitar pieces, but I’ve been playing keyboard – which doesn’t hurt, funnily enough. Probably because I’m not at the same level.
I’m thinking that for me there is a strong connection between music and writing. When I was having some success writing a number of years ago (Some magazine articles and stories published, and my book) I was also still going to my guitar teacher in Johannesburg and obviously playing a lot of new music. It’s not a connection I’ve made before.
As a teacher, I play to demonstrate, and that’s never stopped, but working on something new and playing for pleasure seems to be what makes the difference.
A number of other writers I’ve known were also creative in other ways. A friend of mine teaches dance. Her pupils do very well – she always says she doesn’t take any pupil whose mother wants to dance… She has had a number of books published locally.
Another member of our (now defunct) writing group also painted.
Handwork, on the other hand (sorry, couldn’t resist that) works better for me as a calming down and relaxing time. If I’ve had the sort of day when I want to bite pieces out of the furniture, watching TV – particularly a movie I’ve watched before and particularly enjoy – and tatting or knitting for an hour or so can calm me right down.
This is all purely personal, but I’d be interested to hear if any other writers out there have similar experiences. Also how many other writers are creative in other ways as well?