Do you ever do exercises to flex your non-writing creative skills? If I could draw, I would draw, but I’m way out of practice and time. So lately I’ve been goofing around bookstagraming and doing aesthetics when I’ve got spare time.
If you follow my Instagram, you might have noticed my newest creative hobby. I’ve been trying out #bookstagrams of (some of) my current reading. Some #bookstagrammers have a consistent aesthetic (same props, a definite sense of style), who doing it for the beauty of the books shots. Some #bookstagrammers like to talk about books, or start discussions, but not necessarily about the books they have featured in their photos. Other people like to style their photos to match cover colours, and others take photos of themselves reading. Pretty much everyone is doing their own thing inspired by book love.
My approach has been to treat it a little bit more like an book report in photo form, and each one has little clues about things inside the book (the oddest prop I’ve used was a dead moth for the “Strange the Dreamer” cover). My one other rule is that I cannot buy props, I just have to find them, or find an appropriate location (I shot the “Miseducation of Margot Sanchez” cover in the supermarket of course) to take a photo. I find that having a few rules forces me to flex my visual creativity harder.
I’ve been having so much fun with them. It feels a bit like doing a book review, but without the stress of saying too much. There’s a lot of room for improvement, but these are just quick and fun!
There’s also #ThursdayAesthetic hashtag which is TOO MUCH FUN. Finding the perfect picture is everything. I’m not a very visual writer so seeing pictures that convey the feeling or character of the story is pretty exciting for me. I’ve done a couple so far, and here’s one:
— T.S. Bazelli (@tsbazelli) April 26, 2018
What creative things do you do beyond writing??