Last week, I wrote about the importance of taking a day off even if you’re juggling a day job with building a blog or business or writing a book. I believe in the importance of rest even if I don’t get very much of it myself.
And I believe days off are especially important for writers because they are part of the creative process. A writer friend of mine named TJ Beitelman, author of the book John the Revelator, once told me that he believes most of the creative writing process happens away from the keyboard. What I think he meant by this is that the things that inspire great work happen when you’re out living life, not simply staring at a blinking cursor on a blank screen.
So on my day off I’m not only doing things that revitalize me, but things that can re-energize my writing and blogging too.
Here’s what I like to do on my day off:
Go for a long walk or run. Most of my best ideas come to me when I’m out on my favorite trail.
Have coffee or brunch with my girlfriends. My passion for empowering women drives nearly everything I do, so for me nothing is as inspiring as spending time around other women.
Paint my nails. As my mani dries I usually browse my favorite websites and blogs.
Catch up on my favorite TV shows. How can one not find Olivia Pope inspiring?
How do you spend your day off?
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