Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Creative outlets I enjoy

 I was rather ashamed when I saw this topic from Long and Short Reviews come up, because I am surprisingly limited in my creative outlets.

I am not, for instance, a person who goes in for arts and crafts. I can't draw, I don't knit or crochet, and while I know people who cross-stitch and embroider, I've never done it myself. So at the moment my only creative outlet is my writing.

I'm currently working on a piece with the working title of Hyperventilating. It has been re-planned about five times now but it's finally getting somewhere - and it has the advantage of allowing me to use a past creative outlet, which is songwriting. My hero is a rock star, and in my past I made several attempts at writing song lyrics, none of which were worthy of anything but which can be quoted safely whenever I write about my hero in performance. 

Makes a nice change from having to remove all song lyrics for trademark purposes!

So what are your creative outlets?

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  1. That’s neat to use your book as a vehicle for songwriting. I hope it’s going well.

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    1. I love to quote song lyrics, so at least there are no trademark issues.

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  2. Songwriting is a pretty neat hobby.

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    1. Sadly I wasn't any good at it, but I enjoyed it.

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  3. I wish I could write lyrics, but I'm not all that great at it. Kudos to you!

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  4. Hey, writing absolutely counts as a creative outlet!

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  5. Nice! Good luck with the book, too. Glad to hear you're finally making some headway.

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    1. It's surprising just how hard it's been to write during lockdown, so I'm trying to push myself.

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  6. Writing is the ultimate in creativity. I can write poetry, but can't put them into music.

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  7. I had kind of the same reaction: aside from writing, I don't feel like I do that much. I used to -- I used to draw, for example, and in my teens I put together the most amazing patch jacket, but I just don't seem to have that kind of time or attention anymore.

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    1. Neither of those are skills I have, so I'm impressed.

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  8. How lucky for you to have song lyrics you can quote in a book! My very first book, I didn't realize that wasn't allowed. I've since given the publisher rewrites that removed the lyrics. And I took them all out of the books I self-published when the publisher closed. But to me, it diminishes the mood I was trying to set.

    Song lyrics are poems to music. They are the musical and lyrical manifestations of feelings. A true art.

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    1. I love to quote lyrics, so I hate having to take them out. I can't claim mine are much good, but at least they're mine.

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