We're a mixed breed, but generally the best writers get out from their desks and experience life in whatever form they love.
Creative people have a big problem, and that is TIME AND ENERGY. It's a hard choice, where to spend our time and energy, while some other element of our creative composition tugs at us.
The geese is one of my paintings, an acrylic done some time ago, before I started writing heavily. I've found that I cannot paint and write during the same time frame. One of them has to go and for a time, it's been painting. This one is quite large by the way. My forte, if any, would be waterscapes, landscapes, and animals. I'm longing to try new techniques, i.e. Will Terry's iPad ProCreate App layout for book covers.
I also take a lot of photos, and use some on my covers. These are roses taken from a street in California. A Lady's Desire was one of my first books, now in epub.
5000 road trip across the NW in a previous post.
Many, many writers love to garden and cook. Or sew. If you join Facebook (Please Like my Page :)), you'll see more of their private interests, plus their books. But most take their life experiences and somehow roll them into a book, either as the main theme, or as background.
It seems to me that most have animals of some kind, and cats seem to love their owner's keyboards. Ok, it's attention getting: Must Pet and Love Me.
For now, I'm not painting as much as I would like. Bought new supplies. They're waiting.
Have material waiting. I had to buy a prairie bonnet recently, this for a cover a new book, and that was irksome as I used to sew all my 3 daughters clothes and made them prairie dresses and bonnets to match.
Any writer feels split between their bubbling, fascinating stories flowing from their keyboards, the games their characters want to play--and those creative corners in the other parts of our lives. It's difficult making those choices.
I'd so love to hear from others, torn between their stories and characters, and other elements needing to be fed, such as travel. If you have two favorite activities, each tugging at you, while you're doing another, tell us how you feel. Maybe we'll form a club! :)