I've had a few people tell me over the years that they wish they had my creativity. Of course, I'm flattered when people give me this compliment, however they don't know the problems that come with a creative mind.
You get new ideas. A lot of them. All the time. All. the. time. And that, in itself, is a problem. Well, not a problem, but the problem.
I have a lot of hobbies. I love to read, write, draw, paint, craft, sing, play piano, play clarinet, sew, knit, and design. With all of these hobbies come new ideas. Normally, I'm very organized, but when I get an idea for a new project I just have to get to work.
For example, I'm currently working on the prequel to the Bluebonnet series, Cassie & Nikki. In the middle of working on this I get new ideas for new books I want to write. I have a two page long document (almost 3 pages) saved with all of my book or story ideas.
I have a habit of working on something, and when i get a new idea, I "drop" my first project and then focus on the new idea. However, its not all bad because some of my ideas can intertwine.
Currently, I have ideas for a new music project. I've been wanting to record and write music again for the longest time. Luckily, I can bring my writing and/or other hobbies into it as well.
So, a few of you may not know but I love crafting. A lot. In my free time, I look online for new inspirations for my crafting projects. So far, these are the things that I can make:
-Bow Hair Clips
-Harry Potter Wands
*These are like stuffed animals but for characters from anime
I've recently been making a lot of bow hair clips. With this craft, I made a music hair clip for my piano student (pictured above). She really enjoys music and playing the piano. I made it as a surprise for her birthday.
I gave her the hair clip today after our lesson. She was speechless. I also made one for her sister (they're twins) because I didn't want her to fee left out. I didn't mind doing it because I love making thins a lot. It was great to see her face when i gave it to her. My student couldn't believe that I had made something like it for her.
Pretty soon I'll be making an etsy account (aiming to be live in October). In the meantime you can head over to my tumblr blog (kniftycrafty.tumblr.com) to see the pictures of my most recent projects. Some are even posted on my deviantart profile (stargurl44.deviantart.com).
I'm really glad I started this positivity project. Its very rewarding to myself but I also enjoy how much I can touch other people.
My favorite thing about being a writer is that I can get inspiration from anything. I can get it from a book, movie, song, something my friend's say, a random stranger walking down the street, or accidentally eavesdropping on someone's conversation.
Most of all, I get my inspirations from my dreams. My dreams usually don't make any sense. One minute I could be sitting on a park bench reading a book, and the next thing I know (just from lifting my gaze away from the pages) I'm in the back seat of a car rolling off a cliff. Morbid, I know, but it just proves that they are the most random things that occur to me.
Sometimes, even the most surreal which gives me more and more ideas for books. I love hearing form someone "How do you come up with all of these ideas?" I get new ideas so much, that I have started a new inspiration notebook. Every time I get inspired by anything (and I mean anything) I write it down in the notebook or glue/tape an object into it along with the date. I keep it with me at all times.
So how about you? What inspires you to do what you love?
"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman