I had an epiphany about the wip the other day. It was while I was drafting a pattern to make something for D2. All of a sudden something that I had been struggling with, something that had been blocking me, became clear. It was almost like one of those moments when you're doing a left brain activity and it frees up your right brain to tell you the solution to some problem , except I was doing a right brain activity.
It got me thinking about my creative process. I already know that I can't work without feeding the muse. I feed him (yes, him) art and music and all the usual things that a muse needs.
In the past I have noticed that the most creative periods in my writing and hobbies occur together. There is a school of thought that suggests we can't 'use up' our creativity in other activities if we want enough left over for writing (or painting, or whatever your non hobby art is).
I think that for me it might almost be the opposite. The more creative activities I'm doing the more I seem to be able to do. It's almost like they help feed the muse.
Norman Lindsay seems to be an example, he painted, he sculpted, he wrote, he made models, I wonder if there was anything the man couldn't do? Then again Elton John doesn't even (usually) write lyrics.
I'm guessing this another one of those things that is different for everyone. Obviously my brain does better when I do more things. Given the fact that there is a school of thought out there telling people not to use up their creativity on pursuits other than their main one there must be people out there who find that their creativity doesn't feed off itself, but instead gets used up and needs time to replenish.
I'm intrigued. How many are there of each? Who's in between?
What works for you?