Writing: Finding That New Outlet To Plug In To
Once upon a time I was a photographer. I would photograph people, places and things. I would go on trips all around the world making photographs and that was my artistic outlet. Before that, it was drawing and playing the guitar. I enjoyed drawing and sketching things and I also liked strumming along to my favorite tunes. Now that I own a gallery, I’m not sketching, playing the guitar or photographing as much anymore. I needed to find a new artistic outlet––something that would give me an opportunity to express myself.
Writing and reading were never two of my favorite things. If you gave me a choice between reading a book, writing a story, listening to music or going out to eat, I would opt for the two latter. I’m not sure what happened, other than to say that writing and reading have become my two new favorite artistic outlets and they have opened me up to a world of possibilities. I’ve regained a new appreciation for the art of writing and have embraced it wholeheartedly.
I was asked recently, are you a writer? My answer of course, Why yes…yes I am. What do you like to write? (that’s usually the follow-up question.) My answer: everything. Right now, I don’t want to pigeonhole myself in one genre of writing. Although I am writing a memoir, I have found writing poetry and short fiction equally as enjoyable. I also have a few ideas on how I can incorporate some writing with a photographic project that I’ve been kicking around in my head.
When investing in a new art form, diversify your portfolio. If it’s writing, you never know what will be on the next page until you turn it.