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.”