Good morning, all!
I am breaking with my schedule a bit this morning. Normally, I write my 2,000 words on my manuscript before doing anything else. Today, I thought I’d change it up. I’ve been pondering the skeletal structure of this post for a few days and I had it on my mind when I woke up.
Sometimes, I suffer from writer’s block. Badly. I’ll still keep writing, but the words are often boring, overly long in exposition, and tired. Then magically one day, I’ll be through it and I can go back and fix all the bad writing from the block period. Surprisingly, sometimes the words weren’t as bad as I thought. Sometimes they are, but after making it to the other side of a bad writer’s block nightmare, things start to turn up exponentially.
I just ended such a period about a month ago. What helped get me through it? Rest and hobbies.
Rest is one of the best things we can do for our minds. A while back, I was writing everyday. That may work for some people (and sometimes I still write everyday), but for me, I found that I needed at least one day off each week in order to let my writing muscles rest and recover. Just like our physical bodies need to rebuild after an intense workout, I find that my mind works best when I take breaks from my writing. These are not long breaks, however. At most, I’d say take two rest days a week (and NO MORE!) This gives your brain time to relax, unwind, let go of grammar, punctuation, story, and plot dilemmas. Breathe. In. Out. Just chill. 🙂
Hobbies are super important for your overall well-being. My hobbies include: martial arts (taekwondo and hapkido), drawing, watching tons of Japanese and Korean movies and tv shows (loves my Hayao Miyazaki!!), reading like a mad woman, knitting, crocheting, random craft//art projects, and learning Japanese and Korean. These hobbies help to keep my mind active. In my thinking, these things act like creative cross-training for my writer’s brain. Our physical bodies need cross-training if it is used to one activity. For instance, I do very intense martial arts classes two nights a week. On the other three weekdays, I cross-train–things like walking, hiking, etc. I also strength train every night with simple gym-class type drills. So it needs to be with writing. Even if I don’t write everyday, I can spend my off days cross-training my brain for other creative outlets. If you MUST write everyday, still take a break from your manuscript and write something else: poetry, journaling, etc.
What sort of things do you like to engage in to keep your creativity blooming? I’d love to hear! Comment below!
Thanks for stopping by!