For a very long time I believed that drawing was an inherent ability, and only recently I’ve learned that it is actually a skill. I became interested in sketching recently, after working part time in an art department. I started taking classes through SVS Learn, and have been astounded not only at the progress I’ve made, but at just how much there is still to learn. Sketching has proved to be very enjoyable and relaxing for me, and while I’ve been sketching, and daydreaming, I’ve noticed several ways in which sketching can inspire my writing:
Spring has sprung in Calgary! I know it’s a little later than most places, but I’m just happy that it’s here! Although I have seasonal allergies, which makes spring an unpleasant season in terms of my sinuses, there is something about the new growth, and increasingly pleasant weather that for me, inspires a great flurry of writing inspiration:
As an author, as well as a copywriter and blogger, much of my time is spent creating content, and writing novels. In the past, I have found it difficult to walk that delicate line between consuming other peoples’ content, and creating my own. Here are some tips that I have found useful:
As many of you know, when I’m not writing, I teach classical voice. There are many aspects of music that inspire my writing, but lately I’ve noticed that there are just as many aspects of teaching that inspire writing as well! Here are three ways in which teaching inspires writing:
For many years I truly hated setting goals. I didn’t understand how to do it properly, so I would end up with nebulous ideas of things I wanted to accomplish, without knowing how to go about it. In the end, I would never accomplish anything, and then I would feel like a failure.
But in the last few years I have come to truly enjoy making goals; so much so that I make yearly, monthly and even weekly goals! I think the difference has come from setting up actionable steps to accomplish those goals, and then checking in every month, to see that I’m on track to fulfill what I set out to do. As the New Year approaches, I have taken some time to make some writing specific goals for 2015, and I’m writing a blog post about it, so that I have a sense of accountability towards those goals: