Writers are, by nature, creative people. But words can run dry, and we hit the dreaded Writer’s Block. I’ve written about that before, about what it may be, about ways that people combat it. One way that I’ve found is to have hobbies that don’t revolve around words but are creative.
Example, I crochet. I’ve done so since middle school, when my mom first taught me. I love it. In college, I tried to keep it to myself, but then realized that almost everyone knitted or crocheted! My roommate and I even had craft parties. But back to the point, it’s a creative process. Following the patterns or just using a stitch you already know can be a great way to spend your time when you aren’t writing! I even make my own patterns these days, which takes a lot more effort but it always sparks my creativity!
Another creative-crafty thing that I do is embroider. My mom says that I don’t do it the right way, but I love it anyway. The project I’m working on right now is a pillow with some of the big symbols from my favorite books and TV shows. This takes a lot more effort (in my opinion) than crochet or knitting, but it still keeps my creativity engaged.
I know other writers who like to draw or paint, and I think that is a great hobby for writers as well. The important thing for any of these is to get away from the screen (or paper if you’re like me and write everything out by hand first) and do something else that keeps the creative juices flowing. Of course, if all else fails I sit down and watch some good old fantasy TV. But that’s for another post.
I love to do crafts, but I know others have their own hobbies to give them a break from writing. What do you like to do to take a break? What are your favorite creative activities (not including writing or reading!)?
Take care, fellow travelers!