The Insecure Writers Support Group is a marvellous group set up by Alex Cavanagh. On the first Wednesday of every month, members post thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
The link above takes you to details about the group and how to join. You’ll also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge – do check them out.
This month’s question – Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?
Photography is my other much loved creative outlet. Like most of us, I grew up using various point-and-shoot cameras, although my age means they were film cameras rather than digital. I had a brief flirtation with an old Russian SLR – a cast off from my sister – which died all too soon. Among the few pictures I took with it, I now recognise the portraits taken of my young daughter have a lovely bokeh – that out of focus background which makes the subject “pop”.
Her birth had encouraged me to study photography; many a book was read and a variety of lessons about composition were learned. With the advent of digital photography, my return to the world of point-and-shoot cameras helped with that process, with immediate results providing more helpful lessons than the interminable wait for development of 35mm film. But as life took over, I rarely used my camera for more than snapshots.
Then I met Himself, a keen amateur photographer who spotted my eye for composition and encouraged me to update and upgrade my equipment. Most of our spare time is spent with camera in hand. We regularly study the craft, watching Youtube tutorials to learn from other photographers as we try out new techniques, different subjects and genres.
Photography takes up a lot of my spare time, but I’d now find it as hard to give up as I would writing.
I’m really interested to discover what alternative creative outlets other writers have.
© Debra Carey, 2019