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#IWSG February–Am I creative?

writers groupThis post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s insecurity – Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?

Well, this question will be quick: None. Writing IS my creative outlet. I realize I am an outlier–I read so many posts by writers who are also artists or musicians. Not me. I don’t even cook.

Oh, I do walk the dog. Does that count as creative? Hmmm?

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Timefirst in the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Survival of the Fittest, Spring 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

89 thoughts on “#IWSG February–Am I creative?

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  5. Jacqui, you are very creative. You write in a great variety of genres and provide so many tech solutions for yourself and others. That takes creativity too. I don’t engage in other creative pursuits either. Sometimes it takes a dose of creativity just to get through all the chores of each day. 🙂

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  6. Walking the dog counts as a creative pursuit — especially when you have conversations (the type where you can hear answers) with your canine companion. Or maybe that’s just me…

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  8. I don’t think walking the dog counts for creativity but I believe it counts for compassion though.

    I used to play the flute, guitar, and piano but that was before the stroke. I’ve dabbled in web graphics but it’s been several years since I’ve done that. I’d have to relearn the ccs coding for it and buy a few art programs if I was to pick up on it again. My one and only creative outlet is writing now. 😛

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  9. I used to do a lot of scrapbooking and cartooning when my kids were younger, because that’s how I spent part of my time with them. Now that they’re older and doing their own thing, I get to write more. So I would say I’m creative in other ways if I can’t write, but I’ll choose to write first whenever I can! 🙂

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  10. Hmm – when I read your bio and list of accomplishments, it seems that everything you do is creative. And, you share that creativity without reserve. That said, there’s no need for any of us to be creative beyond our written word, if that’s how we want it to be.

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    • I like that–and it’s how I see it a choice. I actually danced professionally in a former lifetime, owned my own studio, but that’s so far from my current reality, I forgot all about it!


  11. Jacqui, I think you have other creative outlets, you just don’t realize it. Creativity doesn’t always equate with art. Writing books on tech education, for example (a hundred books – wow!) is a creative outlet for sure. And you have quite a list of such accomplishments in your bio. I’d say: you’re very creative.

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  12. Judging by all the writing you do, there can’t be much time left for other creative pursuits. You’re like the person who found her one favorite food in the world and then happily eats it every day of her life. I’m more of a smorgasbord kinda gal.

    I say, “Good for you!” Being able to focus on one thing allows you to be your very best in that field. Me? I’m mediocre at a lot of things. 🙂

    Nice to meetcha. Happy IWSG Day.

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    • What a great comparison! I’m also that person who eats the same thing every day, with relish.

      Thanks for visiting. Anyone who reads this: Go check out Susan’s great picture of flamingos and one wanna-be duck.


  13. As you just bread in my post, walking is a great stress reliever. 🙂

    Maybe you can take up a hobby related to what you write or your characters. I once took up archery for writing research, Now I love the sport.

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    • I do agree. I’ve read a lot of books about what the different facial expressions and body movements of dogs and horses mean. They don’t have as many muscles to express themselves as we do but that doesn’t mean they don’t have similar emotions. I find it really interesting.

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  14. Creativity is joy made manifest. When people hear the word creativity they often think they need to do something big, like write a novel. Writing for me is one way. Sharing on social media is another, listening to music, making a meal, talking on the phone, helping another person. Creativity is getting involved in your life and sharing it.

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      • Thanks, Jacqui for reading, reviewing and supporting Einstein’s Compass a YA Time Traveler Adventure”. The blending of the research on Einstein, Atlantis, Shamir Stone, the invisible world of mystical travelers to create a work of fiction stretched me beyond what I have ever created before. I am blessed with people who like you have assisted me in sharing my hard work.

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  15. Jacqui, you are a teacher and that demands creativity. Constantly rethinking presentations, reviewing new information and working it into lessons, adapting student needs and requests, finding new ways to engage students – all of those are creative applications of what you know and of what you continue to learn about your subject.

    Maintaining a (very successful) blog is another creative endeavor. So many new ways of sharing what you’ve learned, so many new topics to explore. Take a look at your early blog posts and see how much content and presentation have changed – all new creative approaches.

    Give yourself due credit – you’re extremely creative in many ways.

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  16. Jacqui,

    I’m sure you have other creative outlets that you haven’t explored. That’s the problem when one passion such as yours being so great that you can’t move on to other things. I’m not sure how creative I am with words but I sure do like sharing them with others. My true creative outlets have to be photography and sketching. I love to cook and bake as well. Of course, even cleaning and organizing can be creative. You gotta figure out how to get these dreadful jobs done and once you do then you can step back to admire how things look, even if it’s temporary. lol

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    • I tend toward obsessive. I think if I drank (which I don’t), I’d be an alcoholic. You are doing what I wish I could. I can bake but the recipe better be right, and the photo would never be called inspired. I always enjoy seeing what you come up with on your blog, Cathy.


  17. I have a long list of other things (the first is probably music because I still play in a band), but I sew, scrapbook, crochet, cross stitch… at least I would keep doing those things if I had the time. Mostly my stuff just gathers dust *sigh*

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