Monday, August 10, 2009

Writers need hobbies

I always say a writer needs a good hobby. Not reading, that doesn't count. You're a writer, you need to read.

I mean a real hobby. Something you enjoy, something that distracts, ideally something you can grab a few minutes away from your computer and do right at your desk - though other hobbies like taking a long walk in nature or something to get you away from your writing desk (mine happens to be jewelry making) are excellent as well.

However, if you need to just have a short break, if you like gardening you might try having a few potted plants to tend near your desk.

Knitting? A small project in a tote near you is a good idea.

Doodling is one of the best - just a blank book close to hand offers a good release. It helps the brain to rotate attention a bit -- left brain, right brain, left brain, right brain. Doesn't hurt to get the eyes away from the computer screen for a while either.

So think about it writers, get yourself a hobby.

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