Authors are creative people. Writing requires a person to be creative. But just how creative are we? Some only write, while others are multi-talented artists. So this week, we find out just how talented a bunch we are.
I used to knit, crochet, and quilt a lot but there hasn’t been much time for it in recent years. I’m too busy writing and editing, happily. 🙂
I really love music. If I had a choice at an alternate creative career, it would be to play bass guitar in a progressive rock band. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a talent gap between me and that choice, so instead I’ve just tried to play when and where I can over the years. I also enjoy composing different kinds of music, and would love to score a soundtrack to my novels, given a chance (and maybe an infusion of talent).
I am tinkering with an electronic-inspired score for my sci-fi/fantasy project, Greyspace, and also I wrote the music for my home-made book trailer a couple of years ago:
I have no illusions about the quality of the work, but I do enjoy making it, regardless!
I love to quilt. I started with traditional quilts and then moved into art quilts. I don’t have a place to quilt at the moment so I’m concentrating on writing, but I miss it.
I consider all forms of art – music, writing, drawing, painting, photography, videography, etc. – to be creative, and I have a bit of a hand in just about every one. Except music. That one, I just appreciate. ^_^
Baking is my day job and I make cakes and candies as a hobby. For a little while I made a small side business out of custom cake making, but it’s hard to get something like that off the ground. You’ll find some of my work on my blog.
Does Super Mario Maker count?
In the past I’ve dabbled in more versatile programs that can actually create whole games, and it’s possible I might return to one of them at some time in the future.
I used to draw and paint and still do on occasion, though I’m not as good as I used to be. I enjoy doing all sorts of crafty things when I’m not in writing mode. In fact, my friends complain to that can do anything crafty. But don’t ask me to knit or crochet anything because those are the two things I really can’t do. They’re my crafty kryptonite.
I guess I do, if my blog can be considered non-fiction since I mostly write about my two sons and our adventures (and frustrations) with them. Otherwise, no. I don’t have anything on the go fiction wise. Perhaps when the kids are older and require less time (if that’s even possible) I’ll start creating more works of fiction.
I draw, paint, sculpt, sew, make leather armor, scratchbuild model sci-fi vehicles, paint miniatures, and roleplay/do interactive storytelling, but other than that… no.
Well, it’s damn sure not art! Though one of my daughters is an award-winning artist, she certainly did not get it from me. And though I once presented a paper at a conference arguing that all problem solving is a form of creativity, I don’t that is in keeping with the spirit of the question. So…no, I have no other creative talents.
When I was younger I was all about the creative works. I didn’t just write, I also drew and sometimes painted, played piano and guitar and sang, and I would love to do stuff like building models; I once built my own “dollhouse” in a closet by using cardboard and paper to create all the furniture and decorations and whatnot.
These days I don’t have time for all that stuff, so I focus on the thing that is most important to me, which is the writing. I do occasionally pick up my guitar, but the moments are so few and far between that I have to tune it almost every time, and I rather enjoy coloring books, but that’s more a guilty pleasure than a “creative work”.
I guess the short answer is that I enjoy all sorts of creative stuff, but I simply don’t have the time to delve into them all.
I do some of the art for my stories, mainly maps and concepts. I’ve done some video-editing, I’d like to tinker with game creation, I’d like to do some songwriting except I’m terrible at it… There are many things I’d do if there were six of me, but it feels like I never have time.
I’d say my other main creative ability would be art, especially pencil drawing. I’ll be doing a lot of concept art for my books, as well as maps. Painting, digital art, and anything involving colour, I’m not very good at. I also dabble in photography, and have started doing video editing, but that’s at its infancy. I’m hoping to improve my photo and video editing skills in the future.
How about you?
I’m sure a lot of you have some creative abilities. What do you do artistically? Let us know in the comments below!