How many of you meditate? Take a daily walk? Go for a run without your iPod?
If no downtime is built into your day, you may consider it too much of a luxury in an already over-scheduled life. But, in fact, practices like meditation or quiet walks are a necessary part of your writing work day.
My downtime (running, walking, meditating) has helped me:
- Solve character problems
- Flesh out scenes
- Reveal new themes
- Talk out dialog
- Play around with rhythm
- Break through a block
- Ease back into an old project
- Brainstorm a new project
- Discover an epiphany
This is no small stuff. It’s huge, important stuff. And I’d call that work, right?
How do you practice downtime? What has it done for your writing?