On acting and writing and all things creative



It’s funny, in a way the actor is a writer. It’s not like the two things are so separate as to be like apples and oranges. The writer and the actor are one.

American actor and screenwriter, Sam Shepard, was born on this day in 1943

Thank you, Sam.

See? I told you I was a writer and actor.

But, I don’t quite think I am in the same sense of writing as Sam Shepard.

I’m not a screenwriter, or a playwright.

True, I tried my hand at Script Frenzy one year.

It didn’t last.

I’ve had much more luck with Nanowrimo, which I am not doing this year.

Still, I do have a stage play, or at least a staged reading, that I’m working on. It’s a historical piece that is set in World War I.

I have a bit of time to develop it because I want it to be ready to stage in 1917 which is the 100th anniversary of when the U.S. entered World War I.

But, enough of that. And no, you can’t read it yet.

Largely because it’s not written. But I’m also not ready to talk about it.

Or at least not ready to talk more about it.

Mostly, my writing and my acting don’t mesh. And, that’s okay.

Both are pursuits in the creative arts. Both require time and effort. And creativity.

Unfortunately, both also require the day job.

So, in the after hours, I work on the acting and the writing.

And this blog.

You’re very welcome.

Maybe it’s the whole creative thing. Because, there’s that artsy part, too.

Do not judge me about the untouched paints and unfinished canvasses.

At least I’m writing about them.

Here’s the thing.

You may not think you have a creative side. I don’t buy that.

I think it’s a human trait for all of us to want to create…something. It may be writing. It may be art. It may be furniture. Or blueprints for buildings.

Yeah, we know mine isn’t furniture or blueprints.

But I could paint them. Just sayin’.

For me, like Shephard, there’s crossover in my pursuit of the arts. I write about my acting and painting. I use the experiences from those to channel into the characters that I play. It all works together.

For another look at creativity, take a look at this: What I Wish I Knew About Creativity When I was 20

It’s good stuff.

It’s okay. You can read other writers.

Just come back tomorrow.

And the next day.

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