Refilling the Well
Posted by Addison Fox Aug 20 2013, 12:02 am
Refilling the well.
We hear this so often as writers but what does that mean? Does it mean napping for days on end, ignoring any story idea that pops to mind? Or does it mean slacking off on a deadline, watching twenty hours worth of your latest TV binge-worthy series? Or maybe it means avoiding social media for a month, ignoring friends’ posts, blogs and any and all forms of digital connection.
For some it can mean any or all of the above. For others, the thought of disconnecting for even an hour sends chills.
So what’s the answer?
I suspect, like most things, one size does not fit all. Rather, refilling the well is as individual an exercise as the act of creation.
Regardless of how you choose to fill the well, the reality is that we all need to do so. I just purchased tickets to a Josh Groban concert that’s almost three months away and I can already envision clearing my schedule that day, focused on the joy of hanging with friends and screaming my cougar head off (cuz when it comes to JG, sadly the 8 years difference makes me most decidedly a cougar).
Clearing the mind and finding time to enjoy life – not to mention living it – is a key weapon in the writer’s arsenal. How can we write about life’s experiences if we never go out and have any of them? And how can we motivate ourselves to create if we never have the joy of experiencing the world we’re writing about?
Refilling the well is essential. And if it’s an evening of good old-fashioned oogling or twelve episodes of Scandal back-to-back, it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that you step away from the computer, put some distance between you and your work, and get out and enjoy yourself.
Your work in progress will thank you.