1. Quickly introduce yourself to us. Who are you and what do you do?
Hi! I'm Elizabeth, and I am a freelance editor. You can find me at byelizabethhope.com! I am currently able and willing to edit for anyone and everyone, but my main focus is editing for fiction authors. I especially love helping newer authors who have never worked with an editor before and who may have plans to self-publish down the road.
2. What are your creative passions? What do you just love to dive into and get lost in?
While I do love editing, it doesn't always satisfy my creative urges. Without a doubt, my two creative passions that I could do all day, every day are painting and working in the theater. Unfortunately, I don't get to paint very often since I don't have a great space for it and I have been very busy over the past few months setting up my business and getting ready to move. When I do get to paint, however, I love that I can pop in a CD and relax as I paint. And as for the theater, depending on what my job description ends up being for each show I work, I usually end up working at least a couple hundred hours from Day 1 of rehearsal until closing night, my multitasking muscles are pushed to the limit, life is insane, and I absolutely love it to death haha
3. Why does creativity matter to you and how do you make time for it?
Honestly, creativity matters to me because I truly believe I would go crazy without it. There is just something about the way my brain is wired that causes my mental health to suffer if I don't take time for creativity. Unfortunately, as I said earlier, these past few months have been crazy busy, and so my creative time and activities have been limited to fiction reading whenever I catch a break, or maybe watching an episode of something funny on Netflix at the end of the day before I go to bed. When it comes to my creative passions, for the time being, I only paint when I've been commissioned for a piece. And when a theater production comes around (usually in the spring and/or fall), the show is my number one priority, and everything else gets done later, if there is time. Even sleep. So I definitely have an easier time making theater a priority. Painting is a creative passion that I tend to forget about unless I'm currently doing it or I'm surrounded in my life by other artists (even being surrounded on social media helps with that).
4. What does your creative process look like?
I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I don't think I actually have a standard creative process. With painting, for example, there are certain things that will automatically be the same every time (decide what to paint, gather supplies, sketch the basics on the canvas, paint), but other than the basics my creative process is fairly flexible. Unless the painting is commissioned or I'm working a play that has certain deadlines, I tend to just go with the flow and switch up the "order of operations" to fit the specific situation.
5. Sometimes, creatives get stuck or blocked and struggle to create. Has this ever happened to you? What happened?
Yes! Definitely! Although, I don't usually get stuck when I'm painting or working on a show. When I get stuck on something, 9 times out of 10 it is when I'm writing. I think it's probably that very fact that kept my from listing writing as one of my creative passions. I really enjoy it, and at times I absolutely love it and can get lost in my writing, but the struggles I face when I write, and my limited free time, keep me from doing it very often. I have yet to find a consistent way to push through my writer's block when it pops up (other than to stop and come back to my writing later), but as things settle down in the next few months I am hoping to make writing a daily habit. Hopefully once I do that I will find a way to push through my blocks.
6. How did you push past this block and get back to creating?
Fortunately, I've never been blocked so badly that taking a step back for few hours or a day did not help. I usually just need some space from the project, and then suddenly an idea comes to me in the middle of the night while I'm half asleep haha When I am away from creating for extended periods of time, it is because of a busy schedule or something else that I can't control.
7. What advice would you have for other creatives who afraid to create or who struggle to find time, motivation, or inspiration to create?
Keep going back. If there is something creative that you love doing, and you don't have the time you would like or you aren't always motivated, just make sure you keep going back to it. I can't personally give any great advice about being consistent or prolific or anything like that, but I do know that whether it takes a week, a month, or a year, you need to keep going back. Never give up on creating, especially if it is something you love doing. In my experience, if you love doing it, then you probably need to do it.