With the new year, I’m re-launching a blog series I had done a while ago. But I’m vamping it up and getting personal with some one-on-one interviews. This series is called Fellow Creatives. I’ll mostly be hosting Writers and Authors, but Visual Artists, Musicians, and others may be popping by too. If you call yourself a creative and want to participate. Submit your link in the Fellow Creatives link list on the right side menu of the blog or at the bottom of this post.
So to get us started, Cherie Reich is here with us today. Cherie is the Author of several fabulous works and a very kind member of the writing community. In fact, she was so welcoming when I joined the blogging world and has given me so much encouragement and advice, that she’s in the acknowledgements of my first published book, The Labyrinth Wall. She’s wonderful, so make sure to go visit her at her blog after the interview.
Thanks for coming Cherie. I’m so glad you are able to share some about yourself. Some of your responses made me laugh and giggle while others struck a chord with my experiences and encouraged me. I’m excited to share this interview with everyone. Take it away Cherie…
Fellow Creatives Feature: Cherie Reich
appropriate to first ask how you get inspired and what boosts your imagination?
I can find inspiration anywhere. A turn of
phrase in a conversation, reading, watching TV, etc. I daydream quite a bit,
and I find I get a big boost of imagination power when I’m reading. It seems to
activate that part of my brain. I always know when I’m not reading enough
because the writing dries up.
they were so cute. Just thinking of them makes me smile.
to escape the boredom of reality. I thought I was going to be an actress, be
able to live those stories, but then I decided to try writing them.
and what helped you overcome the anxiety?
work. I remember in college having to sit there in a group while they critiqued
my paper. It was anonymous, so they didn’t know I wrote it, but I was near
tears. I can more easily share my work with online people than in a writers’
group. I still get very anxious when critiques/edits come back, so I don’t know
if I’ve overcome my anxieties, but I’m able to rationalize them better than I
used to. I know it’s not personal, and if I take a deep breath and give me time
to think of their suggestions, then I’ll get excited to fix my work to make it
of everyday norms? Why or why not?
sanities. I know it saved mine. I can’t imagine not being creative in some
form: writing, drawing, singing, etc. The arts encourage our humanity.
creativity or sharing their works?
time not personal. You might find that one person who does make it personal,
but that person isn’t worth your time. Critiques are about growing as a writer,
and as writers, we should never want to become complacent about our work. Write
for you first and worry about the
world later, if and when you decide to share your work.
library assistant living in Virginia. Her debut novel Reborn, Book One of The Fate
Challenges, will release on May 23, 2014.
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