It’s all just for fun, I don’t think it is going to form part of my income at any point, neither are my really tiny poems – often just four, three or even two lines long – I’m also sharing these on Instagram.
So why do them? Well, first of all it’s really important that everyone does things for themselves outside of work, and for me this is creative activities. I love that they aren’t digital, which means that they are a rest activity too. A change from sitting still at my desk. I often work on my tiny poems from my bed and paint and draw in a different space from where I work and write. Oh and splashing paint around is incredibly freeing!
It uses a different part of my brain and allows me to think differently.
My tiny poems, especially when I combine them with my photography, means I am looking all the time for the little things that make me smile, or are unusual. As they are so tiny every single word has to count, so I am refining my writing skills each time.
I guess there is a question around why share them at all?
Well, it is great to be involved in the communities on Instagram. I get inspiration and encouragement from the hashtags I regularly use. Sharing regularly means I have to make time in my diary for my own creative work, in addition to the work I do for clients.
I know my own creative practice makes my client work stronger too, It’s cross training. If you are training for a marathon all of your workouts cannot just be running, you will get injured. You need to include strength work, maybe swimming or yoga too so you are using different muscles and working your body differently. You also need to include rest periods.