Time for another Blog Chain topic! This time Cole started us of with the following question:
What hobbies, tips, or techniques do you have for keeping your writerly battery charged?
I love this question. As a writer I really struggle with keeping my energy at the level I need it to be in order to be able to write and create. Not only does the industry itself get to me from time to time, with the rejection rate as high as it is and the market woes, but so do the pressures of social networking.
I am an introvert by nature. Social networking has given me this great opportunity to network with others and connect in ways too difficult for me previously. But there is a down side as well. Because I find social networking less of a drain on my emotional reserves than RL encounters, I tend to forget the need to periodically pull back. The result, a very fried me!
So, what do I do about it? I read, garden, disconnect my internet and refocus my energies on my true goals…
writing really good books.
My family is very instrumental in this process. They are the one constant stream of support. Where the woes of this biz will periodically drain me and my writerly friends, my family only knows how to offer their love and support.
My kids remind me what it is like to be young and free in their thought processes. Through them and their friends, I am recharged as we talk about books or just play games.
My husband is the rock of support I need to push through the doldrums. Although he has not read a single thing I have written, he is there for me when I need to talk about the scene or story. He listens, much more than I realize. Case in point, he just got back from a week in NYC chaperoning a bunch of 8th graders. While he was there he text me the following pictures:
The Peace Fountain at St John’s Church
The Angel of Waters Fountain in Central Park
The marquee for Phantom of the Opera in Time Square.
Besides great pictures, these all have a special place in my heart. The first two sculptures are actually in a novel I just shelved – one that I still get misty eyed about. And the last picture – it is the inspiration behind my current WiP.
Who knew? Without any prompting from me, and knowing the depth to which I have been struggling in my writerly life over the past several months, my husband took the time to seek out and photograph things he KNEW would inspire me.
And it worked!
So, how do I recharge? I return to the well of inspiration provided daily by my family.
How about you? How do you renew?
And come back tomorrow for more great advice for kids! Have a great day.