All too often, we spend so much time behind our computers that we forget there=s a whole world out there waiting for us to explore it. If you feel isolated and bored, chances are, you=ll lose enthusiasm for your writing. So a little adventure — getting out from behind the monitor — can make a world of difference. When I started training in martial arts (many years ago) the experience got me out of the house and introduced me to people I=d never otherwise have met in professions I didn=t know anything about. Not all of my adventure require quite so much committment to a new lifestyle, but I always feel reenergized and ready to take on challenges with more enthusiasm.
Exposure to new thoughts, people and ideas sparks me right up again and gets me out of my rut, so whenever I wake up, think about my day’s work, and say “meh,” I give myself permission to go on an adventure. It doesn=t have to be costly or time-consuming, it just has to be different from what I normally do. Sometimes it’s just checking out a little art gallery that just opened or listening to music a friend recommended but isn’t my usual genre.
You can do the same. If you haven=t been to the zoo in fifteen years, now=s the time. If you=ve always wanted to go to L.A. but never found the time, find the time. You can even visit your own hometown as if you were a tourist, stopping at all the sites you never see because you live there. Feed your spirit and your writing will wake up.