|Game of cards, anyone? |
Enoch Lau might play with me.
You are a better writer when you have other interests that engage your heart. Working at a day job you dislike, or housecleaning you detest, or watching TV as your only other interest, will not work. It’s important to find something you like, preferably nothing to do with writing. Stuff I do:
- reading outside my interest (non-fiction, different fiction genres, etc).
- Exercise. There is a strong correlation between exercise and mental function. Don’t believe me? Try it for a week.
- Play piano.
- Do volunteer work.
- Play games.
- Other stuff.
Far too busy to take on a hobby? Sit down and analyse your week. To a time audit to find out what you’re spending your time on. Consider whether all the little things you are doing are Important. Don’t confuse Urgent with Important. (You may wish to learn more about an Importance/Urgency matrix.)
Ditch all the stuff that’s not Important. Really, you don’t need it. Your novel needs you more, and your Craft needs you to spend some time outside it on worthy projects.