Breaks help with creativity
I’m jetting off for a week starting Monday, May 2. I’ll be back in the office on Monday, May 9.
The Covid-19 pandemic kept many of us at home. Although the virus and subsequent variants continue to haunt us, I’m boarding a flight. It’ll be nice to have a change of scenery and pace.
I’m the first one to say that writing flourishes in routines. If you don’t make writing a habit, you might never write. However, sometimes we just need to get out of our routines and hit the road (or take to the air).
Seeing different people and sights, listening to other sounds, smelling unfamiliar odours and touching unusual textures sparks creativity. New experiences fire up our imaginations and give us a chance to think about things in a different way. A break can be a powerful and invigorating tool when you let go of the guilt that you’re not writing. Remember, you’ll be back to your routine next week.
You don’t have to buy a plane or train ticket or have a vehicle to get out of the ordinary. Visit another area of your community and sit outside or in a café. Notice the people walking by. What are they saying? Listen to the noises around you. What do you hear? It’s May and the ground is thawing. What do you smell? If you’re walking or on a wheelchair, how does the ground feel underneath you? The point is to take a break and get out of the everyday.