So I bring you: Kristin's Creative Process re: New Pursuits. Trust me, it's really interesting.
- I identify the interest i.e. sewing. (This stage can be nebulous and inactive for years, btw.)
- Something coheres to catalyse activity (In this case having a friend who's been sewing for a year was encouraging. But, being treated by Scott to a sewing machine(!!!) galvanized my move from theory to practice.)
- I read every book I can get my hands on.
- I read everything on the internet I can get my hands on.
- I watch every video on the internet I can get my hands on.
- I talk to friends who know what they're doing.
- I talk to strangers who might know what they're doing.
- I buy magazines on the topic.
- I look into the history of as many facets of my new pursuit as possible i.e. the mechanics of the sewing machine (in this case), the history of textile production etc.
- I take courses at reputable studios (M and I are signed up for Sewing Basics in mid-November).
- I get set up in the best way I know how - get all the accessories I'll need, find clean workspace with best light etc. - and work with the best materials I can justify purchasing.
- I make Scott learn half as much as I'm learning so that when I get stuck he can help me. (He has much more patience than I do.)
And then, truly, I immerse myself so fully in the new activity that I think about it constantly. I dream about it. I can't shut up about it.
That's when the word "enthusiasm" starts to look like "insanity".
But let me say this about that: I'm not half-assed. When I give something a go I take it on to do it with as much skill and experience as I can bring to it. And, if I do it well, I know it's because I've worked my butt off. And tormented a few people.
This post is dedicated to them.