IWGS: Non-writing Hobbies

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February 6 (optional!) question – Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?

I sketch sometimes. I’m not very good at it. Out of necessity, I’ve been learning some digital art, mostly just whatever I think I need for a cover.

And I sing. Though I don’t do it as often as I once did, and I definitely don’t perform anymore, I sing.

Most of my non-writing creativity, though, goes into building and tweaking systems so that the household runs smoothly. Yup. Systems. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds now that I’ve typed it out.

Right now I’m using a 3×5 card file system, inspired by the book Sidetracked Home Executives, but tweaked to fit both home and writing. I use principles gleaned from the books Sink Reflections and Confessions of an Organized Housewife, but after about twenty years of running a home, I’ve learned that principles are all a person’s got if they hope to ever get on top of life. The details in all the books I mentioned have often been helpful to jumpstart my thinking, but they’ve always had to be modified. Thus, the non-writing creativity.

This has turned out to be great prep for running a business, by the way. Business is all about systems and organization.

If you want to look deeper into the subject, and don’t mind language that’ll make your eyes cross after a full day of work, I recommend the book An Introduction to General Systems Thinking by Gerald Weinberg. I will admit, I have not yet finished it. It was an Interlibrary Loan and I had to return it before I could. But what I have read has helped me in both system creation and has helped me see that yes, there’s a reason so many struggle with staying organized. I’m not an idiot or lazy.

And you? Outside of writing, where does your creativity come out to play?


8 thoughts on “IWGS: Non-writing Hobbies

  1. Stephen Tremp

    Amy, thanks for stopping by. Like you, I’m working with digital art and learning as I put together personal projects and such. I also paint but not much of a singer.

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    1. Thank *you* for stopping by. πŸ™‚ I’ve never had much luck with painting, though I have other family members that are great at it. I don’t remember seeing any art, digital or analog, on your blog. Looking forward to seeing you post some on your blog. πŸ™‚


    1. It is useful, but so is dancing and drawing and painting! Drawing and painting are especially useful if you’re self-publishing and can’t afford a cover artist, and dancing? There’s always a reason to dance. πŸ™‚

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