My creativity seems to have taken a nose dive of late. It’s not a meaningful break or a jam in the thought process. It’s not even that I’ve plotted myself into the corner, that the character development is too shallow, that the world I’ve created is steeped in the clichéd tropes of my genre or is overly simplistic. It’s not even that there’s a problem with my novel, it’s that I simply don’t have any impetus to write. I’ve made an (amateur looking) Birthday Card for my Nana’s 92nd Birthday
I particularly like the little bees and the Happy Birthday topper at the top of the card:
Apologies for the qualities of the photo’s by the way, my camera batteries have died (and boy does that Kodak eat batteries) so I’m using my web cam with a lamp as background lighting. None the less I love the 3D flowers and bees, it gives the card so much volume and depth. I had so much fun making this. But this is the sum of my creative work of late.
For the moment it appears my creative talents are being poured out elsewhere. It’s still the year of the Novel idea and Beyond the Mist will certainly still be written by the end of the year. However I’m a firm believer that a writer should write when the muse calls, she can be cajoled, tempted and persuaded, but sometimes it is more profitable to go away and come back when the writing bug has returned to us rather than feeling guilty that we ‘should’ be writing. Never feel guilty, life is busy and for most of us is filled with responsibilities of family, home, friends, work and other various commitments and so it should be. Write when you can, as often as you can, but not by force and certainly not in guilt. Write for the love of it and enjoy it. It doesn’t have to be a torturous experience even if certain aspects of it are, the actual act of writing should be a pleasure.
You know, it doesn’t seem so bad now I’ve written it all down – ironic isn’t it. Perhaps I’ll start writing again in the next few days.
Happy writing everyone.