Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The February 2019 question from the Insecure Writer's Support Group asks what other creative outlets do I have?

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And foregoing all of that above, you answer the monthly question (which I oftentimes do these days). 

February 6 question - Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?

I draw and I play tabletop roleplaying games, which kinda seems to crossover with both drawing and writing? Inevitably, tabletop roleplaying games benefit greatly from the more props you can bring to the table, and drawings and maps and things like that seem to be greatly appreciated by "most" people.

As far as drawing (and by extension just art in general) goes, the biggest challenge to this is space and light. I need lots of light to be able to perceive the colors in which I want to work. Additionally, a lot of the time, it takes so much effort to get everything arranged from having been put away, that there's this desire to just leave it all out. But if you don't clean it up, then it's all just cluttering up my living space.

So foregoing any kind of studio which I set up in my home that has access to lots of natural light (this would mean a pretty major remodel), writing ends up being the outlet I choose the most. All I need for that is a computer with a word-processing program on it.

I'm betting that this is gonna be a pretty common pursuit, so I'll have to read some of the other IWSG posts out there and see how many other writers also draw. I'm betting that the percentage is quite high. And yeah...Alex, I already know you play music :)


  1. I draw some but on the computer.
    Roleplaying games are a great outlet. Someone else talked about being the DM, and wow, that is a lot of writing work involved.

  2. I wish I could draw. I'm just amazed by people's ability to do that. My niece is a fantastic artist, and I love watching her work.

  3. There are great lamps that mimic natural light. Not as good as the real thing, though. I know what you mean about taking out and putting away stuff. If only there was a way to keep it contained but out, then you might have better access to it. (If I could figure that out for sewing and photography, I'd be so happy.)

  4. Roleplaying games are so much fun. It's really cool that you make maps and drawings to use as props. I draw too, though I don't have much natural talent.

  5. Roleplaying games are pretty interesting and also drawing.

  6. I don't ever do any painting because of all of the set up and tear down it takes. It doesn't leave any time to actually paint.
    But that's part of why I'm selling off my collectibles: so I can make a space in my garage where I can leave my painting stuff out all the time.

  7. I draw too :-) Though it's something new I'm doing and I'm not so great at it yet...

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