Whenever I am not working at my day job, I like to inundate myself with audiobooks, reading, music, TV shows, and movies. Twice a month, I enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons as a very novice wood elf druid. It's fun to problem solve with the spells and weapons I have on hand. The best part of keeping my creativity flowing with endless sources of inspiration: I get flashes of ideas for scenes, dialogue, and settings for the novels I have in the works.
There are times I crave silence as well. In those glorious moments, I can sit outside and absorb the comforting warmth of the sun and smell the fresh grass. I have a small garden that gives me that little jolt of excitement when I finally see a little green sprout emerging from the soil. Now, I don't have a green thumb by any means. I am truly a beginner when it comes to gardening. Baking is something else I enjoy and can do by myself. Visualizing what the end result will be and what it will taste like taps into my creativity. Or, I can sit in my writing room and meditate and work on my writing in peace and quiet. Ultimately, I try to take nothing for granted.
I have been working on the final revisions of my first novel for over a month now. It is tedious and frustrating, to be completely honest. However, I am starting to regain some of the joy that I felt when I first began writing this story. After my manuscript was evaluated by an editor, I began focusing on the pacing and character development. I still have a long way to go and much more to learn! Patience with myself is a must as I carefully craft this romantic tale I have held close to my heart for a very long time.