I’m an author of a lot of books and a lot of blogs—thirty-five and 3,000+ respectfully! I write a lot. I plot a lot, but one of my biggest weaknesses is in taking time to consider how to fuel my soul. There’s a lot going out, and if I’m not careful I get drained.
Ways I fuel my writing day:
- Reading God’s Word
- Writing a prayer in my journal
- Reading a devotional book
- Reading inspiring blogs
- Chasing my kids around
- Feeding my visual senses at Pinterest
- Listening to my favorite songs via Spotify
- Reading People.com (okay, mostly looking at the new babies)
- Doing a craft with my kids
- Reading a chapter of a novel
- Chatting with a friend
- Looking through stock photos and playing with PicMonkey
I used to think of these things as procrastination or obstacles, but I’ve found that when I give myself time to listen to words, to see lovely images, and to laugh and play, I’m filling up the creative fuel that allows the words to flow.
I’ve also discovered it’s important to brainstorm big ideas. Yes, writing a shopping list is planning, but at least every few weeks I like to jot down notes about “big-picture dreams.”
A few things that made it from ideas to reality:
- Taking our teens on a mission trip (turned into three trips in three years)
- Adopting a baby (we’ve since adopted one, with two more adoptions in the works)
- Write a book with a business guru (Ken Blanchard and I have one that just released: Lead Your Family Like Jesus)
- Do a book-signing tour (my friend joined me)
- Go on a cruise (we’ve been on two)
- Be on the Focus on the Family Radio Program (I’ve been on twice.)
- Visit the Holocaust Museum in DC
Things I’m still dreaming about …
- Have one of my novels made into a movie
- Taking all my kids (including the new ones) to Disneyland
- Being invited to be on the Today Show
- Living in the Czech Republic with my family for a year
- Taking a Mediterranean cruise
- Visit New York City
How about you? Do you take time to feed your creativity? Do you take time to feed your dreams?
We’ll all get burnt out if we don’t create, explore, enjoy, hug, laugh, and dream. I guarantee you’ll be more efficient with your writing work when you feed these parts of your soul!