I love writing. I love the exhilaration of meeting the characters, crafting the story, discovering what happens.
But writing, while it charges me up, also depletes me.
Writing fiction is an act of creativity that comes from somewhere deep inside me, some well of emotion and thought and word-smithing that is finite and that needs refilled from time to time.
And fiction writing isn't the only writing I do. I also blog, keep up with email correspondence, try to stay connected with friends and readers on Facebook, pin stuff on Pinterest, and all the other online social stuff that is available out there. All of it takes time and mental energy and creativity.
I love it, but it can be draining.
I've found that when the well gets dry, one of the best ways for me to replenish my stores is to do something else creative that isn't related to writing.
Here are four hobbies that I have that help me refresh:
1. Cross Stitch - This one is probably my favorite. I love the colors, the intricate designs, and the feeling off accomplishment that comes from finishing a big project. (You can find a lot of my cross stitch designs, the ones I've made and the ones I would like to make on my pinterest page here: http://www.pinterest.com/ericavetsch/stitch-stuff/)
|I made this for my dear friend Mary Connealy. If you haven't read her books, treat yourself! You'll love them!|
|I made this sampler for myself. So much fun!|
|This is one of my largest projects. A quilt cross-stitch for each month, assembled into a wall hanging quilt. This took me several years to finish, but I love it. If you click on my pinterest link, you'll see the individual cross-stitch blocks.|
|This is what I'm working on now. It's one of four samplers that I have to complete. When they are all done, I will put them into a wall hanging.|
|This is on my "I want to try this" list. It's a rag quilt. I love the colors on this one.|
|This is a Red Cross Signature Quilt that my sister in law and I made. It is embroidered with the names of all the World War 1 Veterans of Dodge County, MN, and is on display at the Dodge County Historical Society in Mantorville, MN.|
|This was my first time using chenille yarn, and it was so fluffy! The pattern went super fast.|
4. Scrapbooking - I do this with my daughter, and we make a new page every time I have a milestone event in my writing life. Each story gets its own page, as well as any awards, major events, etc. Currently, I need to make three new pages, One for the Dime Novel I'm currently writing, slated to release in March of 2015 and titled The Legend of Obadiah Walker: The Glorious Defeat of the Dickenson Gang, One for a novella releasing in a collection with RedBud Press this summer that is currently untitled (something I need to fix ASAP!) and one for Books & Such Literary my literary agency.
|Here is the page for A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA. You can see the Red Cross Quilt, a cup of tea, since my heroine was a Harvey Girl Waitress, and horses, since my hero trained horses for the US Cavalry.|
|One of the best things about scrapbooking for me is that I get to do it with my daughter. She is a good page designer.|
How do you refuel your creative fires? What hobbies to you have?