#IWSG: Creative Outlets Besides Writing

I have a ton of things I want to write about, but somehow I can’t get myself to actually write. I started trying to use my new Mac Saturday evening. So far, it works but is still a bit hard to use. The WordPress app for Mac isn’t available in the app store, so it is a pain to install. I’m just using my phone now rather than WordPress.com in Safari, because at least I know how to work this.

It’s time again for our Insecure Writer’s Support Group or #IWSG check-in. This month’s question is about creative outlets other than writing.

I must say I”m not terribly creative. I don’t do any artsy things and am no good at music either. No, not all blind people are musically talented! I tried my hand at learning to play the keyboards and guitar for a bit, but didn’t like either. Granted, my guitar lessons were while I was at summer camp in Russia and the instructor spoke Russian and English only. This was before I knew English, so it took me half an hour to figure out what he meant by the “strings”.

If we expand creativity a bit to include crafts, I have tried a ton of them. I started out trying to make cards in 2012, not realizing how inaccessible this craft is to blind people. I should’ve known, since the blindness agency used to offer card making courses but specifically to the partially sighted only.

Then I tried mixed media, which was similarly inaccessible. Then came polymer clay, which should be doable but not by me. I tried to learn to crochet and loom knit too.

Lastly, I tried soap and bath and body product making. I still love that craft and would someday like to pick it up again, but I can’t do it independently. This is when I realized that the problem may not be exclusively with my blindness, but my cerebral palsy affecting my fine motor skills too.

So in short, no, I don’t do any creative things other than write. But I’d love to learn.

3 thoughts on “#IWSG: Creative Outlets Besides Writing

  1. I do consider myself a creative person, I like to write, or simply make up and imagine new things, play with the language, and such, which I believe are all creative things. I also am somewhat musical even though I don’t make much use of it other than for learning languages which I believe are also a form of music. But when it comes to other artsy things I feel similarly to you, they are cool, and I suppose I’d be happy to do them, and I thought for a long time that it’s my blindness making it often so hard, but it seems like it’s my fine motor skills that make many things challenging for me, or at least not doable independently. Therefore it’s usually way too much hassle for me to make some art and I need assistance with it usually, so I don’t do it too often, and find it a little discouraging, also I guess I’m not motivated enough. 🙂

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