By Donna Cangelosi
In our previous post, we discussed Passion, Persistence, and Professionalism. Now it's time to play! Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "It is a happy talent to know how to play." Play relieves stress, boosts energy and vitality, helps us process information, stimulates imagination and problem solving, and renews our creative spirit.
Research shows that play can stimulate endorphins in the brain that promote a sense of well being. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." Taking time to recharge through play is one of the best things writers can do. Play engages the creative side of the brain and quiets our inner critic, which can help use see our stories in new ways and help to generate fresh ideas.
So next time you're searching for a new perspective, experience writer's block,or just need a new idea... color, scribble, dance, swim, run, listen to music, play with a child or get together with friends. Just play! There doesn't have to be any point to the activity beyond having fun, but it may be one of the most productive things you can do for your writing career. As Albert Einstein said, "Play is the highest form of research."
The Takeaway: Don't forget to Play. It can make you a better writer. What are some of the ways you like to play?
Donna Cangelosi and Chana Stiefel are picture book critique partners & friends who are passionate about kids' books & are eager to share tidbits from their writing journey with other aspiring writers.