Do you ever find it hard to write after you’ve been busy all week, after you’ve run to and from work, cleaned house, made sure your family was still alive? Are there times when you feel drained of anything remotely resembling creativity?
If the girl pictured above was wearing a sweatshirt and had her hair in a messy bun, she could be me on any given day. 😉 I know what it feels like to be burned-out, to feel like you’d rather do anything than face your manuscript.
While I’ve found that there are definitely times when I need to force myself into that chair, I’ve also found that sometimes I need to recharge my creative batteries.
Here are some ways I recharge:
Reading, I mean it’s pretty obvious right? If you’re a writer then you need to read. Even though I love reading, I’ve found that I can get so busy that I don’t have the time to read as much as I’d like. So, sit down and read a book. Immerse yourself in a story world and be inspired! I’m looking at my to be read pile right now.
I love walking and hiking and anything that gets me out of doors. It’s a great way to experience the world outside of the cubicle, work station, or couch. Even if it’s just a walk around the block or down the field behind your house, get outside and enjoy the fresh air. It does wonders for the imagination.
3.) Movies/TV Shows
I’m not saying you should go on a Netflix binge (Making guilty face) but movies are just another form of story. Sometimes you’ll watch something that will spark an idea for your novel or give you the extra push you need to keep working on your manuscript. Creativity breeds creativity or something like that anyway. 😉
Music has a special way of moving us, relaxing us, or getting us pumped up to do something, cue the Rocky theme song. Take a break, listen to some music, make a writing playlist.
This is one of my favorite albums.
5.) I guess I should probably add drinking coffee and getting adequate rest to the list, ha!
So, this week my goal is to follow my own list and get to work!
What helps you to recharge?