Most authors don’t sit hunched over a keyboard or a yellow pad and fountain pen all day long. We have lives, families, pets and we watch the occasional television program and/or movie. In addition, we also have hobbies, that little thing we try to squeeze between real life and creating imaginary worlds.
I am a crafter from way back. My mother taught me crocheting, knitting, tatting and sewing. The one thing that stuck with me was the crocheting. I must have hooks in so many sizes and colors that I could open my own store. And let’s not talk about the amount of yarn currently residing in my basement. I don’t even know how many different colors I have.
Crocheting (and knitting) is crucial to my creative cycle. Whenever I’m stuck on a plot point, character
arc or have had enough of looking at little letters march across the screen, I grab an unfinished project (there are quite a few) and start the needles moving. The mindless repetitive movement along with the smooth drag of yarn between my fingers helps to work out any problems I may be having. This goes for real issues as well as imaginary ones. <grin>
So what’s the activity that brings you to your Zen garden? Sewing, knitting, scrapbooking? Let us know in the comments.