For the better part of my life as a reader, I have loved reading fiction, and only fiction. Specifically, I am a science-fiction and fantasy sort of gal. In fact, other than academic reading while at university, I have only really started reading non-fiction in the last year or so. And I have been delighted by what I’ve read! Here are three reasons why I’ve developed a new love affair with reading non-fiction, and why I think you should too!
I know it’s not a popular opinion, but I find autumn to be the most productive time of the year for my writing. I’ve written more about how I write with the seasons here, but autumn is the best time of the year for me to refresh everything. Here are a few tips to help you to create an autumnal writing refresh:
Since I teach music, I have a variety of students – my youngest are three years old, and my oldest are in their 60’s. I find interesting and unique inspiration from all of the different people I encounter, but no one beats the sheer uniqueness and openness of children. I have leaned into the delight and madness of childrens’ imaginations, and have been surprised and gratified to find continual inspiration. Here are three ways you can channel that creative energy too:
We all of have aspects of our lives that are less than glamorous; the daily chores, and trivialities that must be completed in order to ensure that our daily existences run as smoothly as possible. These can often become annoyances though, when they feel burdensome, or interrupt important creative work. Still, I’ve come to think of busywork as an important aspect of my creative writing process, and here are three reasons why:
I love the arts. I always have. I started art classes and choir at age five, piano lessons and dance at seven, and extra curricular creative writing programs at age ten. But all of those activities melted away as I became more and more immersed in music.
I loved music so much that by the time I was in my last year of high school I was in both a symphonic band and a youth orchestra, I sang in four different choirs, as well as choir class during school time, and had private voice lessons and piano lessons.
I loved music so much that I earned two university degrees in classical voice.
The thing about classical music is that it demands so much of you; your time, and attention, and rigourous discipline. So much so, that you have to be entirely committed to it. And so, for a time, I put all of my other creative pursuits into a drawer in my mind, and I closed it, so I could fully subsume myself to music.
And that was good.
For a while.