The Playfriends spent Saturday at an all-day workshop hosted by our local chapter. The presentations were great, especially the one by our very own Problem Child. She talked about whipping our muses into shape, including one popular phrase "refilling the well".
Refilling the well, she explained, has to do with refueling your creativity through stimulating brain activities, creative activities outside of our usual writing, reading, and just generally having fun and acting outside of our normal comfort zone.
I've recently learned quite a bit in this area. I used to think I couldn't refill my well if I didn't have hours to spend reading, going to a movie, or spending a whole evening scrapbooking. What can I say? I'm an all or nothing kind of girl. Then reality hit, because I don't often have that kind of time.
So I'm trying something new. I'm refilling the well with little bits and pieces, but they add up. Here are a few things I now look forward to doing:
Listening to a couple of good, inspiring songs.
Taking a 20 minute nap.
A bath, just until the muse starts working. Or even a shower.
Cuddling on the couch with the kids with my eyes closed.
Giving myself permission to daydream.
These are just some of the new techniques I'm trying, and they are working pretty darn good. :)
But today I'm doing something a little bigger. Problem Child suggested doing something new and different, so I let my husband talk me into an overnight trip to Tunica, MS. I'm not much into gambling, but you never know when it might come in handy to know what the inside of a casino looks like. I've even asked my hubby to teach me to play video poker.
While he's gambling, I can sleep in, dip into the jacuzzi, swim laps, or just daydream. If I'm inspired, I might even write. :)
So, what have you done to fill the well lately?