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.
The middle is the absolute worst place to be; in writing, in creating, in editing. But it is also the best place to be. This is truly the way to tell if you love what you do. If in the centre, in the in-between, you still love what you do – then you know you truly are meant to be doing it.
The feeling of twisting angst, and resistance that you feel while in the midst of creating can be a difficult feeling to overcome. Here are three ways to deal with the extreme discomfort of the middle:
In today’s edition of Friday Favourites, I’ll be discussing my favourite ‘authorpreneurs’. For those who don’t know, ‘authorpreneur’ is a term to describe authors, who are often, though not always Indies, who also consider themselves entrepreneurs. For those of us in the indie author market, being entrepreneurial comes with the territory. Here are three authorpreneurs who I have found very inspiring, and who I think continually contribute value to the indie community.
Writers are an intriguing sort of person. To an outsider, we look solitary; creatures of quiet contemplation. But we know, when we’re writing, that we are surrounded, and filled with the voices and lived stories of a myriad of people – our characters. Still, to be so wholly absorbed in an activity, especially one that exists outside of reality, means that writers need to spend some time practicing self care.
Continuing my series, Friday Favourites, I’ll be discussing my favourite short stories.
My first experience with short stories was in English Language Arts classes in junior high, so unsurprisingly my enjoyment of them was tainted by that association for quite a while. Still, I’ve been very pleased to find many short stories, available for free on Tor, or Clarksworld etc… . I find them to be excellent lunchtime reads, as well as an excellent introduction to new authors (and thus, a highly effective marketing tool!) Here are three of my recent favourites: