|View over my vegetable garden in Spring|
A luxurious bath with essential oils. A shopping trip where you can be all alone. Time with family. Time with friends. Time to read. Travel.
However you prefer to 'recharge', doing so is essential, or over time, your ideas and words will become flat and stale. I'm sure we've all experienced this!
Here's one of the things which brightens my day and refills my 'living' creativity well.
|Pumpkin "Wee Be Little" ready for planting out|
|Italian eggplant (aubergine) seedlings|
Yep, growing things really does make me happy. Harvesting my own vegetables in a couple of months will make me happier still! I like to plant unusual or heirloom varieties; purple beans, miniature pumpkins...things you can't buy in the shops. And to think, only a year ago, I was a brown-thumbed gardener with good intentions and not much follow through. I confess, to my shame, that last year I didn't get any vegetables planted until late January. (For you northern hemisphere folk, that's like waiting until, oh, late July to do planting which should have happened in Spring.)
But this year I discovered these super cute little peat pots which start off like this...
...just add water, and they end up like this!
And you can plant the whole little pot in the ground complete with growing seedling. Nifty huh? I'm a changed gardener. It's probably not surprising that heirloom vegetables and herbs made their way into my current novel. It's one of the things I enjoy, so I enjoy weaving that into my writing too.
What do you do to recharge? And do those 'other' important non-writing activities which make up a full life find their way back into your writing?