It’s been a big week for me—my third young adult novel from Entangled, Stuck With You, released, and between keeping up with social media, my day job (I’m your kid’s favorite substitute teacher), and doing a little bit of celebrating, it’s been a whirlwind of activity.
Now that things are quieting down a bit (Although, are they ever quiet if you’re a writer? My work-in-progress does not buy the fact that having a new book out is a good excuse to ignore it!) But there is always a blessed calm after the release week storm, and I’m enjoying it right now. Chilling out. Doing some thinking.
What have I been thinking on? I’m glad you asked. It’s something that an author friend of mine shared with me recently. Something shocking! She is taking singing lessons! She’s doing Zumba!
These were two things that I know aren’t the norm for her, so I asked her “why?” She told me that she wanted to learn how to do some new things – she wanted to have something other than writing to keep her busy. She noted that these few things she’d added to her schedule were (I’m paraphrasing here) basically stoking the creative fires of her writing life.
This got me thinking harder about something that’s bothered me for a while now. The fact is, when I am not writing, I am very often thinking about how I should be writing. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but honestly, it’s not always a good feeling. Often, it just feels like guilt.
Another thing that’s bothered me is that when I answer author interview questions that want to know about my hobbies—I have to wrack my brain. Writing for me is not a hobby, not even a little bit. It’s my job. But hobbies? I really don’t have any. I always answer I love to walk (I do) and I love to travel (I really do), I love cake (I really, really do) and spending time with my friends and family (I adore all of these things). But are they hobbies?
And so, I decided that I am going to find a hobby. I’m going to learn something new, and attempt to exercise a different, non-writing part of my creative mind. Here are a few things I’m considering:
I cross-stitched a bit as a child, but it never went further than that. When my daughter went to college I crossed her a quote from her favorite female (other than me, I’m assuming), Michelle Obama. It was fun. So maybe, maybe I want to try doing that more?
I have never considered myself to be good at art, but that’s not really the point, is it? This hobby I’m going to take on isn’t about being perfect, or being the best, it’s about working that creative brain! I’ve always wanted to paint, so why not try it, with zero expectations of skill level.
I took ballet classes until I was in high school, but never made it very far in the world of dance. The long and lean physique of a ballerina? My body is pretty much the exact opposite. But I used to love the movement, the grace, the music. All of those things together made me feel like I was doing something beautiful, even if in the eyes of others, it didn’t seem that way. So maybe I’ll do some research about where a woman approaching an age that rhymes with “shifty” can take herself a ballet class.
LOL, just kidding to all who know my skills in the kitchen. I’m happy to leave that to my husband.
I’m curious to see how doing one or maybe even all of these things might change my day to day life, how having a creative activity that isn’t writing informs my writing. And I’d encourage you, if you write, or create art in any way, to attempt to add some hobbies of your own and see what they do for you.
I’ll have to report back in at some point and let you know how it’s all going. Until then, let me ask, what hobby/sport/activity would you be willing to try to enhance your current creative life? I’d love to hear your responses!
Thank you so much for hosting me today, it was great to be here!
One person who comments will win a signed copy of Stuck With You.
When Caleb Gray heads to the Texas coast to mentally prepare for a future he isn’t sure he wants, the last person he expects to see is Catie Dixon. Yeah, their mothers have been planning their wedding since they were born, but he and Catie are most definitely not friends. He can’t see her as anything but the annoying kid who followed him everywhere. Except, it’s really bothering him that everyone is staring at her in that bikini…
Catie got over her crush on Caleb ages ago. So why can’t she see past his ripped body or how unsettled he seems? She’s got her own problems, though. Her future has been set for years and now she’s dreaming of pulling the plug. A week at their families’ beach house is just what she needs to pull herself together, and she has no intention of letting Caleb back into her heart…which would be a whole lot easier if he’d put on a shirt.
But a forced week of togetherness full of beach parties, waterslide mishaps, bonfires, and roller coasters sparks more than an understanding. What do you do when the person standing in the way of your future is the one person you grew up hating…but now don’t?
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains summer thunderstorms on the beach, an, er…awkward waterslide incident, and an infuriatingly hot boy who you’ll no longer be able to ignore.
Each title in the First Kiss Hypothesis series is STANDALONE:
* The First Kiss Hypothesis
* Love and Other Secrets
* Stuck with You