Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wisdom on Wednesdays: Mixing it Up

You know how writing - especially writing while trying to hold down a FT job or raise young kids - can sometimes leave you in a rut?  You have no time for frivolities like TV, you never go out, you hardly ever hear from your non-writing friends, and all your free time is sucked into the vortex that is your computer screen, but you're tired all the time and you just can't think of anything good to write about?

That happened to me once or twice.  You know what brought me out of it?

Catching up with friends.  Starting something new (in this case, something fun and exciting and secret that I will share with you at a not-too-distant future date).  Renting a movie now and then.  Going for walks.  Making time to play with my kids.  Getting out in the world.  Mixing it up.

Not only do I feel more connected with the world and more whole as a person, but I have more ideas for great stories than ever before.  I spend less time actively thinking about writing, but I'm a better writer for it.  I have more experience and insight to bring to the table when I craft my stories.

How about you?  How do you Mix it Up?  Does it make you a better writer?


  1. Great wisdom as usual. And often you find when you're not thinking about writing, along comes a solution to that one problem you've been stewing over for weeks. Then BANG, you're back on track!!! :)

  2. Yup, so true - and of course the "EUREKA" moment happens at an inconvenient time, like when I'm in the shower, so I spend the next ten minutes talking to myself like a crazy woman so I don't forget it while I hunt down a pen. LOL! But the important thing is that it happened and got me back to writing, right?