Time once again for the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. For week 33, the writing prompt is:
What I do to recharge
My first thought was to list my hobbies and things I do in my free time . . . but then I realized that some of these activities don’t leave me with renewed energy and determination. It think there’s a real difference between fun and recharging.
Take television, for example. I learn a lot from TV (both in general and about storytelling). It’s a great way to fill time. However, instead of feeling refreshed, it usually leaves me feeling like I wasted my time, like I should do better next time. That sets up a tension in my mind that’s the opposite of recharging.
So, which of my free-time activities are the best at leaving behind a feeling of well-being? Here are a few off the top of my head.
- Writing a good scene. Curiously, finishing a manuscript or holding the first paperback in my hands or even getting a contract seem pedestrian by comparison. The moment of creation is what matters.
- Playing the oboe. Only if I play well enough, though. Otherwise I’m left with the feeling that I should practice more or I should make better reeds.
- Making love to my wife or having a meaningful, beneath-the-surface talk with her. Though I admit I enjoy the former more ;-).
- Walking the dog or taking her to the dog park.
- Exercising. My favorite is walking, though I go through stretches when I go faithfully to the gym. Keeping in shape has always been a (secondary) goal, but I’ve always had to fight to keep at it and I frequently backslide.
- Talking with my four children — usually on the phone and not more than once a week at best, since three of them live in other countries.
The common denominator is the feeling that I’ve accomplished something or indulged in something of meaning. I’m too aware of time’s passing to be comfortable frittering away the most precious resource in the universe.
What about you?
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