Sunday, January 6, 2013

Creative Passions with Maggie Jaimeson


Happy New Year! 
We are rocking 2013 on The Resolutions Tour!

Join my friend Maggie Jaimeson as she tells us how she'll be ...Taking Time for Those OTHER Creative Passions

Meanwhile, I'm over @ Linda Mercury's Blog  talking about how I Live the Literary Life, and you can too!
 
'Diversity Provokes Serendipity'

Creative people sometimes have a hard time diversifying their passions. For many years, my novel writing was my ONLY Creative Passion. 
 
Because I worked full-time in another profession, I felt I only had time for one creative endeavor. I gave up singing in the choir. I gave up sewing (I used to make my own clothes). I gave up acting—even in small community theater.
 
It’s true that my time was extremely limited. However, I formed a habit of not doing anything else in order to focus my outside time on writing. 
 

Now that I am writing full-time I still haven’t made time for any of those other creative passions. Why? Because pursuing only one thing—particularly writing—becomes too insular. I already know that my best ideas for novels come out of mashups of a variety of ideas that, when put together, make something unique. Serendipity is an innovation engine, and serendipity needs diversity. Not only diversity of creative pursuits, but diversity in the people I encounter and the places I go.
 
How many of the most amazing things that have happened to you have happened because of an overheard word, an accidental encounter, a connection made by a friend? Serendipity is the antithesis of control and a huge friend to creativity.
 
Beginning in November I joined a book group. Would you believe I’ve never belonged to a book group before? It’s amazing. I get to read things I would probably never make time to read, and I get to learn from a diverse group of men and women how they think about books and story. 

In 2013 I’m thinking of doing something musically again. Not sure what yet, but there are lots of opportunities. As for sewing and acting, not this year. Maybe when I’m truly retired.
How do you diversify your creative pursuits? Leave a comment!

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Many thanks to Maggie for stopping by. Join me tomorrow for another romance author's take on Creative Passions. 

And be sure to tour the other blogs below to find out how I'm going to fulfill each of these New Year's Resolutions.


Cathryn 
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THE RESOLUTION TOUR - January 1 - 9, 2013


Maggie Jaimeson - Take a Vacation
Jessa Slade - Get Organized
Paty Jager - Volunteerism
Linda Mercury - Creating a Literary (or Creative) Life
Jenna Bayley-Burke - Eat Healthier
Cassiel Knight - No More Procrastination
Cathryn Cade - Take Time for those OTHER Creative Passions
Su Lute - Reduce Stress: Find and Follow Your Bliss
Jamie Brazil - Shrink My Closet