Lately I have been involved in doing a lot of different craft projects such as tin can lanterns, scarves, T-shirt purses, etc. Everyone who has seen the crafts has talked about how creative I am because of the things I’ve made. I think they are wrong though because all of the things I have made are from copying other people’s ideas and instructions. I don’t feel particularly ‘creative’ because of that. I really enjoy doing crafts and taking the ideas of other people and putting in special touches to make them my own. I really wish I were back in the States, because I could do a lot more. Part of that is because there are more tools and things to work with there and part is because it’s so much easier to have a little ‘spare change’ for my projects.
The one area that I do feel creative in is my writing. Sadly, I have allowed my book to take the back seat in my priorities yet again. I really want to be able to finish my book and I noticed that National Novel Writing Month is coming up (Nov.) and the challenge for NaNoWriMo is to write a complete novel by the end of Nov. For several years now I have thought “this year will be the year I finish my book” and yet, again and again it gets put on the shelf, unfinished. In the past I’ve done the majority of my writing in bars or coffee shops. Now, it’s not possible for me to do that for several reasons. The main one being that the types of bars or coffee shops that get my creative juices flowing aren’t very common here (or are very expensive). The ones that are available aren’t close to the house, so that doesn’t help either. Another thing is that it’s not very common for women to go to bars by themselves here and when they do, people think they are out looking for a good time. The other thing is that the interaction between people is different here as well, so it doesn’t follow the rhythm of my story. So… now I have to find a new way to get inspired and get the creative juices flowing.
I really want to be able to finish writing my book this year. I think the first step will be to re-read what I’ve written so far, and then write up a rough timeline of what I want to happen in the book. (I had a timeline before, but since it’s been so long I might have a different idea of where I want to go with the book now.) I plan on doing both of those things tomorrow. After that, it’s back to writing. Yes, I could probably write in our Cafe, but when there’s enough people there to be inspired, I’m working on filling their orders. Hopefully this time I won’t get sidetracked by the little things in life, like moving to another country.