Friday, July 1, 2011

Cursed to Write No More - a Blog Chain Extra

Yep, it's Blog Chain bonus week! I took my little hiatus last week right around the time I was supposed to post on this question. Well, the question was SO delicious, I simply had to go ahead and answer it this week. It comes from Kate, who wanted to know:
Curses, you've been cursed! You can write no longer. The story well has run dry, and you can't even remember how to type. Now what do you do? Where do you channel your creative energies? And to what lengths would you go to break the curse?
I just loved this question!

As I think stewed on how to answer this question, I realized something - I've always been writing. Yep, always.
But I haven't always written words.

Let me show you what I mean:

When I was 7, I rewrote Macbeth so my friends and I could put a "Little Rascals" styled version of the play on for family and friends.

When I was 10, I started composing (writing with music).

When I was 14, I started choreography (writing with movement).

When I was 16, I designed clothes (writing with fabric).

When I was18, I wrote a musicals (writing for the stage).

When I was 20, I choreographed fashion shows (yeah, I know you're getting the idea).

When I was 29, I started developing my own style of cooking and baking (writing with food).

When I was 35, I started my own youth choir and adapted music for it (writing with music again).

And now, when I get stuck and can't write, I redo my garden (writing with plants). Or I make book trailers (writing with pictures and music), etc etc.

Curse or not, it looks like I was born to write. In any medium, in any way I can.

There is this great quote from Sister Act 2 (don't ask) that goes something like this:

"...if when you wake up in the morning you can think of nothing but writing, then you're a writer."

Guess what...

I'M A WRITER....whether I get a chance to write words on a page or not.

How about you? Are you a writer? How do you know?

8 comments:

  1. I never knew there were so many different types of writing! That's a neat way to think about it.

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  2. Great way to think about it, Christine. So all my crocheting is like writing with yarn? Sadly, because I only crochet in single chain stitch, it's more like writing the same words over and over and then sewing the paragraphs into a story than anything really creative. But still, it's something.

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  3. I love the idea of seeing other creative activities or outlets as other forms of "writing" - I feel the exact same way, but never put it into words in that exact way.

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  4. I am in awe of all you've done in your life! You're amazing.

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  5. I would consider that more of creating than writing. But I get the idea. Looks like everyone is a writer!

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  6. I love your interpretation of what "writing" means! It's all about creativity and telling a story - in one way or another.

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  7. Yes! I love this and can SO relate. I *always* have music, original or otherwise, songs, poetry AND stories running through my head. I never considered it, but can totally see, how that is a type of writing. So true!

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  8. Curse you! Writing an answer to this one even though you're on a break. Now I will have to do the same thing LOL. Great answer though, and you choice one of my most favorite quotes.

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Thanks for your input!