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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

IWSG - Running Late as Always

It's IWSG time!

Every month on the first Wednesday of the month, us writers come together to offer support, advice, encouragement or simply to shed our frustrations and woes with each other. Writing is a tough journey, and we don't have to go it alone.

Thanks goes to the brain behind this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh! If you want to join in or find out more (because there is so much more to this group) then head on over here.

Special thanks goes to this month's co-hosts:

Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Ann V. Friend, JQ Rose, and Elizabeth Seckman!

This is my official 'I'm late' month. I'm constantly running behind during November...not sure why...but it happens every year. Which makes me wonder why I signed up for NaNoWriteMonth this year. So far, I've managed 350 words, which isn't exactly keeping up the pace. But who knows, maybe I'll turn into the Writing-Flash next week.

As to this month's question:
How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

My answer:
My creativity has gone down.

I've always been more of a creative person in so many fields—music, crafts, construction, gardening...I dive into anything with gusto. Since I've been writing more seriously (and especially with the upcoming release), the creativity in all these areas has almost bombed to non-existence. The day only has twenty-four hours. I now use my 'creative' chunk for this on writing instead of other things.

But writing isn't the only thing to blame.

My sewing machine broke, and I haven't bought a new one yet (my machine and I were one heart and soul). Will I ever find my soulmate again?

Our financial situation has never allowed for a real piano and my electric one from Europe doesn't work in the States without plugging it into a converter first...one that has to be dragged up out of the basement since it's big and ugly and we use it for other machines too. Nothing kills creativity like extra work first.

Farm work has taken over the 'physical' end of the energy I once used to build a swimming pond, a deck, bridges or whatever in our yard. Now, it's fixing fences, doing firewood, repairing machinery...
Hey, but with the fences, I could get more creative, now that I think about it! Colored barbed wire woven into beautiful forms....if the cattle would appreciate that?

Life changes. The creative flow changes.

And it is good so.


  1. Bummer you have to use a giant converter box for the piano.
    I find it difficult to focus on more than one big creative thing at a time.

  2. I would love to whip into the Writing Flash, too! Fingers crossed we can still make that happen for this NaNo . . .

  3. You're doing NaNo! I wanted to, but I thought I'd be further along in the current project and well now, I'm too lazy. It's my lazy time of year. :)

    I used to love sewing. It's been a while since I made anything. I have to set up on my coffee table, and in addition to bending my spine out of place, I can't use the table for anything else until I'm done, and I get sick of the chaos and want everything to go back to normal. I need to convert my guest room into a craft space.

  4. I used to sew too, many of my kids clothing, even the 4 girls holiday dresses. Now I basically just sew curtains. Life has a way of taking me out of my creative element, but not really, as I like to decorate the house for different seasons, my creativity comes out in a different way...

  5. I'm doing NaNo for the first time. I hope you get more words down. Even if you don't, be proud of whatever you manage.

    I used to be more creative in other areas as well, but now my creativity is focused on writing. I keep wanting to go back to some of those other passions like fashion designing, art, and writing song lyrics. Maybe that'll be a resolution for next year.

  6. Hello, I'm here from Alex's blog. It seems we're both confronted by the same enemy---Time, LOL. Also, it seems like you reserve all your creativity for writing. This isn't a bad thing, as it probably makes for one hell of a story. Write-on!!!

  7. Once November arrives, I know I'm in for being late until January 2. There's just too much to do.

  8. Good luck with NaNo! There are only so many hours in the day and as soon as we change from DST to standard, I just get tired and tiredness trumps creativity.

  9. Good luck with NaNo.

  10. Hey, my productivity for things non-writing related as gone down too. I have to save it all for my stories. Good luck with NaNo!

  11. Hi, Tonja. I can so relate. Mine too. I was so into every type of craft imaginable, now I only write, when I can.

    I had to laugh with you on your sewing machine. I had mine for 25 years and it dead about three years ago. I may have used my new one a few times, and I just don't have the same connection. So much more complicated and sticks like crazy. Ugh. Not to mention, it cost a small fortune. I need to do some sewing soon, and I hope to somehow connect to it.

    Good luck finding your new 'soul mate.'

    Wow, you certainly do have you hands full at your place. I am impressed that you are even able to write the 350 words with all you have to do.

  12. Too bad about all the work required to play the piano. That would kill my interest, for sure. I do think the cattle might like some creative stuff on the fences. LOL Good luck with NaNo.

  13. I'm so behind with NaNo too. Not sure I'll manage to catch up. I used to have an electric keyboard which was great as it fit in our relatively small house. Shame that you can't use yours without a converter.

  14. Lots of extra work kills my creativity too. I used to do more stuff, but I put all my energy into writing these days. I bet the cattle would love a rainbow of colors! ;)

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