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June 22, 2009

Deborah Lytton: Creative Challenge

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Deborah Lytton is an actress, singer and author whose debut novel, JANE IN BLOOM, hit stores in March. In today's guest blog, she explains why summer is the best time of year for soul searching and self-discovery, and invites you to share what you learn about yourself in the process.


Summer is here! School is out, and you finally have time to relax and just breathe. Summer is my favorite season because it always makes me feel like anything is possible. There’s something about the long golden days stretching before me that makes me feel free. Free to try something new, to explore, to reinvent myself. I think that’s why the majority of my novel, JANE IN BLOOM, takes place during the summer. I wanted to give my main character, Jane, the time to find out who she really is. Jane has entire days with absolutely nothing to do. And it is during those days that she has the freedom to just be.

I think expressing ourselves creatively is the key to unlocking our souls. Maybe you already know what feeds you creatively. For me, it’s writing. Writing is my escape. I love telling a story and choosing each word to evoke an emotion. I actually lose track of time when I am writing. There is this incredible sense of freedom because there are no rules, and I can write about anything I want. But, writing also teaches me about myself. Each character I create carries a little piece of me. My main character, Jane, has lots of little pieces of me in her, but one of the biggest things we share is a love of photography. I love shooting photographs. It’s exciting to choose a subject and to find the exact right way to convey the emotion and composition I picture in my mind. Jane finds herself by looking at the world through a camera lens. Maybe you can draw or paint (I have to admit I envy you, I can only draw one thing --- a really pathetic frog. I know!) Or maybe you can dance or sing. Maybe you bake or write or play an instrument. Design fashion. Arrange flowers. There are so many ways to express yourself.

If you haven’t discovered your creative outlet, this is the time to do it. If you already know how to do something well, maybe now is the time to try something new. This summer, I challenge you to express yourself creatively --- and learn something about yourself. What is it that you secretly wish you could do? Go out and try it. How does it make you feel? Does it make you lose track of time? And finally, what does it teach you about yourself that you never knew before?

If you get a chance, write to me at www.deborahlytton.com and tell me about what you’ve discovered. Have fun creating! I can’t wait to hear about your summer.

-- Deborah Lytton