Creative Diversions

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!

What creative things do you do beyond writing??


  1. Love it! Your bookstagrams have been turning out really nice and match the books perfectly!

    The other day, I decided to make a home decor mood based on a fantasy novel I read. It was a fun little diversion. ^_^ I’m also playing around with a mockup for a book trailer, which I can use as a template on my video editor until I get some cover art and just drop that in later with updated info. (There’s a pretty good chance I’m gonna go the indie route anyway, so I figure why not?) The other day, I came across some awesome music on an archive that was just screaming for a trailer, so I kinda have to go through with it now. It spoke to me, haha. (More motivation to finish these book revisions!)

    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      I saw that aesthetic and I WANT THAT TO BE MY HOUSE. I think that’s an awesome way to line up your personal interests + books 😉

      And oooh, videos. That sounds fun to play around with too!

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