Crafts and Writing
by Stephanie Faris
by Stephanie Faris
A romance novelist friend of mine published several books over the course of her life. When it came time to retire, she moved to the beach and began acting in community theater productions and designing jewelry. She also paints and redesigns tabletops. I’m in awe of her talent.
I’m not crafty at all, but I have a feeling it’s mostly that I’ve never tried. Creativity comes in many forms and I can see how the skills that make us great writers could also translate to other areas. In fact, knitting a sweater or painting vases could be a relaxing break from coming up with book ideas or working on the next chapter. It might even be a way to think through that tough spot in your current novel.
Crafts can have another use, as well. My non-writer friend was in a basket weaving class recently when she met a novelist who was researching her children’s book. I’m often aware that our characters have a wide variety of interests and when we have hobbies outside of writing, we can bring our extensive knowledge to our books.
It wasn’t crafty at all, but I once wrote a book about ghost hunters. It was something I was interested in anyway, so I loved the chance to take classes on it and go on ghost hunts any time we visited a town. If you think you might enjoy a particular craft but you’ve never tried, consider working it into a book. You can take the class as research and your characters will be better rounded as a result.
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Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.
Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive.
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