What’s interesting is that this question came on the same day that my pastor called to ask if I’d write for and edit a Lenten devotional the church plans to release in March. One of my goals when I started as an inspirational writer in 2001 was to write a devotional, but I never had the resources or connections to do it. I eventually switched to fiction and forgot about it but, ironically, it did come back to mind during the holidays. Fate can be fortuitous. Of course I accepted, and am excited to return to a genre that I wondered if I’d ever return to.
These two things inspired me to look over my writing resume and to do some general research into the writing industry. I was surprised not only at the wide variety of things I’ve written, but to find that opportunities for freelance and technical writing are on the rise. That’s something I haven't thought about in a while. I certainly have the organizational skills and attention to detail, both naturally and from my primary profession. It's mostly part time or job-by-job opportunities but hey – we’re middle class America and any supplemental income is good, especially with inflation skyrocketing.
Are there limits to creativity? I think it depends on the person, and their needs and preferences. I probably wouldn’t tackle a massive cross stitch project, but if branching out to write, edit, or review different genres can help support our finances (and a possible retirement career), then it’s worth a shot. As with all things, it requires discernment, balance, and old-fashioned common sense to know where the efforts are worth it, and where they aren’t. Cross-stitching is a hobby for entertainment only. I don’t make money off it, and I know my skills in that area are limited. Books and writing are part of who I am, and needs to be integrated with my daily life.
The thought of writing a fantasy novel/series makes me shudder now, but things might change and lead me to give it a shot later. I wondered if I’d ever achieve my dream of writing science fiction back in those early days of inspirational writing, and now it’s my main thing – and I’m coming back around to inspirational writing, too. So who knows? The road can take you to surprising places.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a great week.