As writers, we are deeply creative. In our work, we expend so much creative energy that it’s easy to get in a tangle, where we have too many ideas bunched up, and can’t seem to write fast enough. If you’re the kind of writer who can devote many hours a day to your writing/revising/submitting without experiencing the tangle, you’re fortunate indeed. For the rest of us, sometimes a good trick to working through the tangle is to have other creative endeavors to work on.
My theory is that the creative mind can be both burned out OR reenergized by creative effort. If you’re feeling a burnout coming on, put away your book for a day and do something else creative. You may find when you come back to your book, your creative juices are fresh and ready for another go.
Here are a few creative outlets I’ve found quite satisfying:
- Music (especially try creating your own)
- Fine Art (drawing, painting, sculpting)
- Crafts (just glance at your Pinterest account and you’ll have more ideas than I can suggest)
- DIY projects (Those shelves you’ve been meaning to build, or the greenhouse, etc)
- Storytelling (just improvise a story for your kids, nieces and nephews, or grandkids)
- Dance (especially freestyle–don’t worry about feeling stupid, you can close your doors and windows, it’s really quite fun)
- Landscaping (If you don’t have a yard, sculpt your indoor plants into fairy gardens. If you don’t know what that is, search the term on Pinterest)
- Calligraphy (and no, you really don’t need specialized pens for it if you’re not doing it professionally)
- Cooking (invent your own recipe)
- Scrap booking (Okay, so I haven’t done much of this, but some people really dig it)
What other creative fields have you dabbled in that help renew your creative juices?