Busy Idleness

I recently came back from a family trip, rested and ready to write.  Vacations always inspire me, even if it is just a family vacation and I am busy doing my usual cooking, cleaning, and caring.  Something about getting away from the usual routine seems to open my mind to new thoughts and ideas.  I find driving times or relaxed vacation moments useful for developing new story ideas or just letting characters simmer around in my brain.

A recent NY Times article by Tim Kreider, The Busy Trap, struck a chord with me.  The author discusses the value of idleness and how for too many of us, busyness is a pastime.  I like this quote: “The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”


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