Craving creativity in the time of Corona

Is anyone feeling the need to create… something right now?

Two weeks into lockdown and I’m feeling restless. Not for people – I’m still an introvert, let’s not get crazy. I’m restless for whatever feels like it’s about to dribble out of my fingertips.

I gave up writing fiction a long time ago. Burnout pretty much torpedoed any creativity that wasn’t related to my job. And I suspect that’s only because I forced my brain along old tired paths.

But lately I’ve been asking… what if? What if I rewrote my novel but made the heroes Scottish trek from Glasglow to the Highlands to defeat an ancient monster? What if… my alien invasion was thwarted by inventive Scots? What if my poor heroine stopped representing depression, and become the poster child for hope.

I don’t know if anything will come of these thoughts. Maybe the comfort eating and gaming of the past weeks have sparked some dormant neurons. But let’s go with it.

If anyone else is feeling a craving for creativity, here’s some interesting news around the interwebs.

Affinity Publisher is 50% off

Serif are offering a discount of 50% on Affinity Publisher, Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer to support creatives affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The three are alternatives to the more expensive Adobe products Indesign, PhotoShop and Illustrator. If you fancy learning how to design books during lockdown (like I do), then head on over and try them out. There’s a 90-day trial.

PluralSights is free for April seems to be the preferred online learning platform for technical specialists. For those of us supporting digital teams, there are introductions to Agile, technical writing and UX design.

How are you doing?

How are you coping with your lock-down? Are you still in the comfort eating phase or doing whatever it is that’s frizzled up from inside you? Or are you just reading some good books? Whatever’s keeping you safe and safe right now, keep doing it.

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