I’m so excited to be posting this blog! For those of you who don’t know, Second Wind Authors are highly encouraged to post here. Therefore, I’m one of them!
I’ve done lots of creative things in my life. In high school I designed and sewed my own clothing. (Not a “normal” thing for girls in the 1980s, but I never claimed to be normal!) I’ve taken many different art classes in many different medias. I draw, I knit, I sew, I paint, I write.
I’ve been writing, well, forever. As a child, I dreamed of growing up to be a reporter. My first “newspaper” was a one-page item that discussed the things going on in our family. There was even a crayon-created “photo” above the fold. It was only natural that I worked on my high school newspaper and yearbook. I joined the US Air Force to be a reporter—well, that and to finish college.
So when I decided to try my hand at a novel, I had the creative process part down. The disciple of putting pen to paper—or, rather, fingers to keyboard—was a little more difficult to cultivate.
Once the novel was finished, I sent it out and was delighted when I found out Second Wind wanted to publish it.
So now I’m an author, among all the other titles I bear.
I still find the act of putting fingers to keyboard to be the hardest. I can think up a million ideas for novels. Some of them I reject immediately because, frankly, I’m not the best one to write those stories. I prefer to write (and read) mysteries, but especially ones with a paranormal twist. I may come up with an idea for a Western love story, but I can’t write it!
And no matter what I’m working on, I still find time to pursue my hobbies. All those creative things I do, help me to be a better writer. I’ve worked out plot problems while turning the heel on a sock I was knitting. While painting, I’ve thought of the perfect scenario to advance my current work. While sewing, I’ve pictured the face of a minor character who needed to be introduced.
Am I unusual in this? Maybe. I don’t think so. I believe creative people aren’t just creative in one area. They have many interests and multiple talents. Some authors are even creative enough to use their talents in their novels. There are books on just about any creative hobby out there.
Hobbies are important to our mental health. I truly believe this. I also believe a person must try out many hobbies in order to find the ones that work for them.
Now you know what some of my hobbies are, I’d love to hear about yours.
Nichole’s book, Ghost Mountain, is scheduled to be released soon.