I like to doodle.
Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time editing fiction. It’s starting to feel like rearranging furniture and then putting it all back again.
Tiring. Even a tad boring. After awhile, editing work makes me miss the freedom of writing a first draft.
So I doodle, or do something else creative.
It’s called creative cross training. For example, if you primarily work with words, try your hand at something visual, or musical.
Just like our actual muscles, our inventive ones can benefit from rest, stretching, and being challenged.
So I’ve been doodling. Sometimes I put together collages, or play around with a camera, or experiment in the kitchen.
My husband is a design engineer. He mentally cross trains with his guitar.
Shifting focus brings back artistic freedom. And that freedom can bring back the excitement–my favorite part of making stuff up!
What are your thoughts on creativity? Do you cross train creatively?
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