Creating is as important to me as eating and sleeping. I am an artist as well as an author and illustrator of children’s books. When I become tired of being a wordsmith and sitting at the computer, I rest my brain by creating a new handmade paper basket or book art form or photo collage. I find, the new activity feeds back into my writing, whether freeing a road block or generating new ideas and directions. It’s as if my mind is on idle or cruise control for a while, as my hands are busy and my focus is elsewhere. Some of you may cook or sew or garden to exercise your creative spirit when not writing. Whatever other activity you choose, it serves to refocus your attention.
My writing brain is not totally disengaged, however. Working in the background, it is just not under pressure to find that perfect turn of a phrase or description or that intriguing plot twist. I’ve turned off my computer or put my pen down, unchaining my mind, allowing it to roam free. In those moments, new connections are made and new ideas are developed. When I restart my computer, the words flow freely again.
I wonder if you have had the same experience and what activities you use to free your creative spirit.
Beryl Reichenberg, Children’s Book Author and Illustrator and Artist
View my Fiber Art and other art pieces at http://www.berylreichenbergart.com