Yes. Each of us. Whether or not we nourish it and let it flourish is really up to us. I chose to let my creative side sprawl out and I'm thankful I did, because more often then not, it provides me with wonderful memories.
Writing does take creativity. There's not a doubt about that. But the way I see it is that I can do more then just write. I can do other things, like sing and draw (though rather badly) and even act! I can learn things for my writing by doing all that, and my sisters get involved with it too.
Life at my home is rarely dull. There's always something going on, and one of those "somethings" is what we call "The Sister's Acting Club." (Cheesy, cheesy, cheesy title. I know.) It is a lot of fun though. Basically my two sisters and I get together and practice out small skits that I write. We use stuff from around the house for props, and for a stage, we use our dining room which faces the living room where our audience sits. There's singing, reciting, and comedies. Some of y'all might recognize this whole idea from that great book "Little Women." It's true. I stole it. Jo was a writer too though you know, and she has the right idea.
"The Sister's Acting Club" is great for me personally because it allows me to explore other aspects of writing. As I've said before, a writers must look for inspiration everywhere.
1) It allows me to try out a different style of writing.
Writing out skits is way different from writing a book or a short story. It's an entirely unique format, and you have to figure out how to use the props and the costumes to tell the story. That, I think, is healthy for a writer to do, because you can get more into the image of it then the description. You can tuck some new techniques under your belt as you tackle the things you have to describe in your books and short stories.
2) I can get more into my characters.
This is important in writing, and in life. When you get on that stage and act out that character you have to become that character for a little while. Sometimes, that character is the opposite of who you truly are, and you have to get to know them so that you might properly portray them. Well, the same is true with writing. When I act, I can file away how I got to know the character. How I discovered what drives them. What their past was. A writer does that with her own characters. It's up to her to give them a past and she has to give them reasons for acting the way they do.
3) It provides me with a change
This might be sort of echoing Reason #1, but 'tis true. One project can be boring. I have found that if you've got a couple projects going, you can switch off refreshed and ready. When you start to tire a little, you just go over to the other project and work on that for a little while. Know what I mean?
That's all for now! Thank you for reading. Until next time!