Wednesday, February 6, 2019

FEBRUARY IWSG

Here we are, the first Wednesday in February. Welcome.



The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.

His awesome co-hosts for the February 6 posting of the IWSG are Raimey Gallant,Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!


Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

Today's question is: Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?


I'm thinking. I'm thinking.

Well, I enjoy playing the piano. When I need to relax, playing old tunes takes me back to the past, when I was a kid taking lessons. That was years ago, but I still have some of those old songs and it's fun to play them again. MY WAY, written by Paul Anka  and sung by Elvis Presley is one of my favorites. 
 Do you do things your way?

I also used to like to draw with pencil, mostly fashion designs. Haven't done that in awhile.

Other than the piano I don't do anything creative, unless you consider taking the cats for a walk creative. 

Looking forward to reading about your creative talents.

Happy Reading!

38 comments:

  1. I too enjoy the iano Beverly, Could play simple tunes at 2yrs of age. Mum paid for lessons and I passed many exams. Have no piano now.......do have a tambourine though. The piano is a great way to relax. Loved your post.
    Yvonne.

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    1. You started playing the piano young, Yvonne. Some natural talent there. Yes, it relaxes me when I'm having a tough day. A tambourine sounds like fun. I played a clarinet when I was in the jr. high and high school bands. Sold the clarinet after I graduated. The good old days. :)

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  2. I only took piano for a year as a kid but have lots of music books. So I'm trying to teach myself the fun songs. Sounds like we're alike.

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    1. Have fun with your music, Natalie. It can lift your spirits and make you smile. Yes, we do sound alike in our love for music. I have lots of the old music books from my lesson days. Enjoy them often.

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  3. If you can get your cats to go for a walk, I would say that is indeed really creative.

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    1. I never thought of walking with the cats as being creative, Diane, but I guess it is. Tiger is my walking partner. We have a special place on our land where there's a bench, and we walk down there, sit and talk awhile. The walk takes some time because he often gets distracted and climbs a tree or chases a bird. Patches hangs around the house waiting for our return. She's not very adventuresome. It is fun.

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  4. I feel repetitious this morning because I've had this answer for so many blogs. I would love to learn to play the piano! It's really cool that you do. I can see how it would help calm and/or refocus us.

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    1. Thanks, S. A. Yes, I feel blessed that my parents gave me piano lessons when I was young. It is so relaxing to sit down, forget the world, and play my cares away. You know what, it's never too late to learn something new. You ought to try taking lessons or just get a beginners piano book and teach yourself. A lot of it is determination and letting your creativity do its thing. Try it and have fun.

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    1. I agree, Alex. It can refresh you and make you feel good as new.

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  6. Piano is a wonderful creative outlet!

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    1. I agree, Tammy. Piano can make a person forget their troubles and enjoy life. That's what it's all about.

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  7. I used to draw fashion designs, too! I've been wanting to get back in to it but haven't. I need to. It used to bring me such joy.

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    1. You ought to do it again, Chrys. I bet drawing would relax you and even help with your other activities, like your writing. A heroine that's a fashion designer. :) We always need joy in our lives.

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  8. I've always wanted to play the piano. I just never took the time or had a piano. Guess it wasn't meant to be. It must be wonderful to create music in your home.

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    1. You may not of had a piano, Lee, but I bet you had other creative things that you did. One I know of today, is your writing. You create exciting characters and plots. That's not easy to do.

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  9. Beverly - You had piano lessons as a youngster. My junior high choir teacher asked me to "Mouth the words. You sound better that way."

    So at 69 I started writing. Both my books and blogs are self-published, so no one can tell me what to say.......or sing.

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    1. Ha, ha! I can identify with you gilguy. I'm not a singer. Leave that to those with lovely voices. And, look at you now. You create stories, and there is the self-satisfaction of doing it yourself without having to listen to the advice of others. Congratulations.

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  10. I haven't played the piano in years though wish I still could do so. It is relaxing. Perhaps one day...

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    1. I bet you could play again if you tried, Karin. Maybe a bit of practice and you'd be good as ever. One day may be just around the corner. Enjoy.

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  11. Taking the cats for a stroll can be creative as you go different ways, or try and make them listen.

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    1. Ha, ha. Yes, Pat, sometimes Tiger takes his own path but he always comes back to me. When he's ready. And when it gets dark he's ready to come in the house.

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  12. Ha. Great post! I have a "cat-dog" and play guitar. Happy IWSG Day.

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    1. Thanks, Adrienne. Yes, you got to love those cat-dogs. I wish I could play the guitar too. Need to work on that. Thanks for stopping by

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  13. I love relaxing at the piano, when it's possible. Cats are very creative...just maybe not in the way meant in the question.

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    1. It sure is relaxing, Tonja. Sometimes you just have to make the time. Ha, ha. Yes, cats have their own way of being creative. That's one reason I love them.

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  14. Music is such a relaxing pastime. I took piano lessons as an adult. Never was very good. LOL

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    1. Ah, now, Diane, maybe you just needed a little more practice. And more relaxing. Music is soothing and a nice change from the computer and writing.

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  15. I'm in awe. I never could play any musical instruments.

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    1. Maybe not, Romance Book Haven, but I bet you have other creative abilities. Think about it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. Piano is such a great instrument, thank you for sharing!

    www.ficklemillennial.blogspot.com

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    1. My pleasure, Gina. It' such fun to see what others are interested in. Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. Playing the piano is definitely creative. I have always wanted to play. I do play the clarinet from time to time. I've always loved it. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. The clarinet is a great instrument, Jess. I never was very good at it, but it was fun to play in the band.

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  18. Beverly, we have a Yamaha keyboard collecting dust. We need to plug it in and start playing again. And have fun with the cats!

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    1. That sounds like fun for sure, Stephen. I hope you do plug it in and enjoy playing it together. And the cats, of course.

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  19. I can't play very well, but sometimes plugging in my keyboard and playing a few tunes (even Darth Vader's theme song when I'm in a mood) does make me feel alive :-)

    Ronel visiting for Feb's IWSG Day Being an Insecure Writer -- And Happy About It

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    1. I think it's more to play just to relax than expecting to be an expert at the keyboard or any thing else we do. It's refreshing to do something different. I'm happy to see that you're happy about being an IWSG, Ne too.

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