Many of you know I used to own a rubber-stamp store, and I've been creating handmade cards ever since. Some of you have even received cards from me, but not as often since I started writing. I'm hoping I'll be able to change that soon. I've been contemplating opening an Etsy store to sell some of my card creations, but I always set it aside, telling myself, "You should be writing".
But lately my muse Endora and I have come to a rare meeting of the minds. A frightening thing, to be sure. Although I'm certain for once we're both right.
I've decided it's a good thing to be distracted from writing every once in a while, and in a productive, non-guilt-producing fashion. I like looking at the different papers I've collected, as well as the inks and stamps and all of the wonderful accessories. These visual pieces stimulate a creative portion of my brain that I believe is connected to the wordy parts of my mind. I can craft and create with tangible materials while my brain storms and plots and devises solutions to the book that exists in a less concrete fashion.
No matter what I'm working on, creativity rarely follows a linear pattern. It's more of a swirling mass that sweeps me up and I try to grab onto parts of it, even though it can feel like clutching a snowflake during a heat wave. It's ephemeral, fleeting, and there's a definite ebb and flow. The best I can do is immerse myself in it when it's strong, and try to coax it out of hiding when it's feeling reclusive.
Naturally I keep pen and paper nearby, so I can jot down whatever the characters butt in with. And I do the same when an idea for a card design springs to mind while I'm working on the WIP. There's no reason I can't let both creative aspects benefit from this tag team approach. When one is panting on the sidelines, the other is racing to the finish line. I have no doubts the speedster will be the one I thought I'd set aside for the moment, but that's what makes creativity so much fun: it doesn't know how to act logical and predictable.
So when I have some handcrafted things for you to see, I'll let you know. (The hardest part is actually taking pictures of my creations, so I can upload them here!) In the meantime, I'm off to see what creative ideas spring to mind as I sort through these papers. I can't wait what to see how it will inspire my characters as well.