The Value of Other Creative Outlets
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Balancing creative outlets is not something I’ve done very well over the last nine months. Writing has taken the lion’s share of my creative time. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, but there are days when I miss my other main creative outlet — playing music.
Music is usually a way for me to connect with other people (my brother in particular) and take a social moment as well. Mainly I bang on my guitar and sing loudly, but there is an element of catharsis there as well, a way of letting of steam that writing just cannot do.
Every time I pick up my guitar and play awhile, I wonder why I don’t do it more.
But I know why.
It’s because this novel has superseded my need to play music because I channel most of my creative energy there. But it is important to remember that sometimes it pays to take a little break and explore other media of creativity.
If you’re extra lucky, your foray into music or painting or drawing or woodworking or whatever it is may just inspire your writing.
No matter the outlet, I am glad to have the choice. It’s the good life.