PLAY : The Art of Replenishing the Well

having fun

When was the last time you took a walk in the park? Or engaged in a game of charades? For me, it’s been a while, although in the last few weeks my niece has challenged me to more than a few games of ludo and scrabble. She though gets really angry about losing, developing dead-pan features, along with a quick and steady hand. Something I’ve often shaken my head at, because as a darts who gets serious coming down to end, and then losses because of overconfidence, I’ve learned to shrug it off. To try to maintain my cool and learn to take things light. Not that it works all the time, but then practice makes perfect. Has any of this ever happened to you? When was the last time you played? Allowing yourself an opportunity to win, lose or draw.

Now, take a moment. Think about this, it’s the bottom of the ninth inning, the bases are loaded and a different pitcher is called to the mound, while you are standing near home plate. Are you going to take up the bat and swing, aiming for the stars? Or are you going to shake your head doubtfully and say, pass?


David Guterson

What I’m trying to say, I guess, is that writing takes time. And even though being creative can sap your energy and sometimes leave you feeling drained, going out and doing something fun every now and then will help you to replenish lost energy. You will also be able to collect new ideas for stories, characters or maybe even just clear your head. After all as you’re building your lexicon for your stories, why not just throw in one more word that was useful during childhood… besides which, you’re never too old to have some fun!

Replenish the well! Enjoy the rest of your day!