First, an apology. I totally forgot to post on Friday. As my 9th grade English teacher used to say “Mea culpa, mea culpa”.
Talent. Seems there are a lot of shows on television today about talent. I guess really there have always been shows like that. Growing up, we had Star Search and I’m sure there were others.
Anyway, my writers group was waiting for our last meeting to start and we started talking about music. We soon realized that four of us had and have our roots in music. One used to be in a band, one is in a band, another used to sing with a band and I’ve recorded a few songs and used to talk my way on stage with the local bands when I could. Ah back in the day. I’m shocked they let me do that, but back on topic.
It got me wondering just how many of us writers either tried other outlets for our talent before we found writing. Did we try other outlets before finding our passion? Or do we still pursue other outlets as a substitute outlet when the writing get tough or we need a break?
I used to work on crafts all the time. Crocheting, cross stitch, sewing, drawing (badly), wood working (very badly) and various other things that would pop up that I had to try. Since taking writing seriously as a future career, the only thing I’ve worked on craft-wise is a few scarves for the now defunct Special Olympics Scarf program and a few scarves for Christmas gifts. Other than that, I’ve hardly touched any of my other crafts. I’ll sit and look longingly at them when I’m stuck on something but as soon as I decide to try and work on something, an idea either comes to mind or I feel guilty for giving up on the writing.
It’s nice to have that passion toward writing, but sometimes I miss those other creations that I can see and hold while I’m making them. And it is a little frustrating having the stuff sitting around knowing that I’m not doing anything with it but having that feeling that I will someday when I need a break from writing.
So tell me. Have you noticed the phenomenon in yourself or others? And it doesn’t have to be writing. Did you or someone else bounce from thing to thing until they found their passion?
Let me know!