photo of bird sketch for my cards on Etsy
If you think you balance a million and one dreams in your head, spare a thought for this crazy woman, please. I wake up each morn. My mind begins to swirl. Spinning its way through a library of ideas. Each one stored on the dusty shelves and ready for the choosing. A day of possibilities opens up before me. Let me count the ways this blog has started the sparks for creativity. I am stretching my boundaries and spreading myself far too thin. Reading this post, might make you feel better.
In the Beginning
I suppose it all began when I got this insane idea that I wanted to write fiction. I stumbled on goinswriter.com and enrolled in the Tribe Writing course. My life changed. The big one being, I started believing, I am a writer. With practice and education I dare to release my craft onto the page. What I did not plan, was meeting so many wonderful people who encourage and inspire me. It lead me to joining a community of FB fiction writers. We cheer each other on in every aspect of writing a novel. I am learning by watching many of them publish.
Writing a Novel
Editing lesson for The Whitby Files
First, I realised novel-writing is hard and I needed to learn much, much more. After sharing my novel, it was clear I had to go back to school. The Holly Lisle Editing course is amazing (one of many) and scary too. The amount of work is astounding, yet I know many of these skills will come naturally, once I learn the drill. I can then apply it to all my half written novels one fine day. At lesson 5 and I’m taking my time, because reading the manuscript over and over, is necessary when looking for different faults.
Picture Book Dreaming
Thumbnails for Sugar and Spice
Unfinished illustration from Sugar and Spice by Kath Unsworth
On top of writing fiction and learning how to edit, I thought it might be nice to write and illustrate a Picture book. (What the?) I read a step by step guide Childwrites. Their website quote. (The Child Writes Program is a stunning project, nurturing literacy and creativity, and giving primary school aged children a voice by offering them the opportunity to write and illustrate their own children’s picture books). The book I purchased is for all ages, believing creating picture books is child’s play. Once I learn these skills….(not easy this picture book stuff) I want to encourage children to do the same.
Illustration from Sugar and Spice by Kath Unsworth
Orange Cow by Kath Unsworth will be featured in a local Gallery
This blogging thing is a challenge, posting something of value to my readers is not easy. Posting work I can be proud of needs a lot of good tools. I love using the hemingway app to tidy up my writing. Little programs such as these are wonderful to keep handy. Two years into blogging now and I have enjoyed it more than I thought I would. (Thanks to you) But it has also opened up a whole world of art opportunities for me. I started creating art for a local art/craft gallery. The Spotted Cow Gallery.
Art/Craft Gallery In the gallery I started out using pencils, sketching the animals around me. I dreamt of an orange Cow, I sketched it in pencil first. In my vivid dream, it was a large bright and bold painting. The painting stands at nearly one metre and its ready to go into the gallery soon.
In between, blogging, picture book illustrations, editing my novel and creating art for the gallery I decided to gear up and open an Etsy shop. NUTS! My passion for pen and ink sketches needed a home. I joined the Etsy revolutions course and now learning how to run a business online for my art.
Ostrich by Kath Unsworth Original pen and ink sketch for my Etsy shop, coming soon
What was I thinking, sticking my neck out and taking on all these challenges at once, you ask? I think for me, things just evolve. I try to do one thing and I just can’t. I listen to the whispers in my head when I am asleep and awake, something guides me to each new task. So each skill and creation is evolving slowly and I have accepted that good quality writing and art takes time.
Art is my therapy, by Kath Unsworth small magnet for Etsy shop
My art has come so far, my writing also, but it is a long road for a novel. I can count the ways in which I have learned so many wonderful lessons and I will never grow tired of learning. I hope you can find something useful in this post to take away with you. Leap out, into the unknown and follow your dreams and gut feelings. How are your projects coming along, share them with me here. I read this over today and stopped wondering why I have not written a blog post in ages……NOW what am I going to work on today?