While I have touched briefly on this subject in a few posts here and there, I have never really went into detail on what taking a break means, for the creative driven individual. The thing that drives creativity is ideas. Ideas don’t just drop out of the sky. Ideas come with life experience, through the process of living life. That is why a lot of authors don’t create that break out book until after 40. They simply have not lived enough, to really fill out those great ideas, with actual life experiences that relate to the book. It seems like such a simple idea and one probably everyone should know. Complex, deep, and meaningful writing comes from living life. Write that down and don’t forget it. It is important.
The reason I say this…my reason for telling you this hard truth, this cold reality, this small bit of wisdom, is because knowing it will benefit you. No, I was not just trying to be some arrogant asshat in saying it. I was trying to give you something.
At any rate, the only way you are going to live that life you need and require, to write the most amazing things people have ever read in their lives, is to take breaks from creating, and then doing something different. What that something is, can be anything you want. The point is to step away, step back, and recharge the creative batteries. Then when you come back to creating, you will find new ideas, and plenty of drive to follow through on them.
Obviously, there are certain times, when taking a break from creating, should be done. I don’t recommend doing it while in the middle of writing a novel, however, if that is part of your writing style, then by all means go for it. However for most, the optimum time to take a break, is the when you do not have any big projects your deeply involved in and you are feeling a bit worn down.
I must confess I had a 2nd reason for making this post. That was to announce that I will be taking a break from creating myself. This year I have already completed 9 songs, finished a novel, and made over 20 writing related posts this year. My creative batteries are in definite need of recharging.
So what does JB do to “take a break” ? JB escapes reality by playing video games. Yep! I know not extremely exciting but video games have a couple of unique advantages for me. They don’t require me to be highly mobile, which I am not, at my young age of 49, and with my health issues, climbing Mount Everest just does not seem like a good idea. Video games are also great generators of ideas. Whether it be a simple game that requires little more than good controller control or it be games that require you to think and solve puzzles. Each has its merits in the creative thinking department. Yes, I could further explain how each has its merits, but I have enough faith in my reader’s intelligence level to just move on.:)
This time around I will be playing with a New Xbox One. I picked one up on sale yesterday that included Titanfall. I was also able to download for free Project Spark and Killer Instinct. And of course, I purchased the latest in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed 5: Black Flag. Also this time around I may broadcast my horrible gameplay at Twitch. While thinking games I do fairly well at, the games that require fast fingers I have to die like half a billion times to get it right.,lol! My gamertag for xbox live is oOLucidchaosOo, for those who want to join me or just hang, w/e.
While I am on break I won’t be creating anything new. That does not mean I won’t be getting online in the mornings, and doing some tweeting, because I will be doing that. It only means I won’t be starting any new projects until my newest book, Shadow Shifters has been released. It is still in phase one of editing but I am told they are 3/4 of the way through the book, so probably in a couple of weeks it will come back to me for my first edits on it, and then it will go back to editing, rinse and repeat until everyone is happy, then to the beta readers for their input on it, then final adjustments and formatting are done. Then the book is published. So as you can see, I may be on break for a little while. :)
The only posts I am likely to put here will be reviews on the games/system I am playing with, and announcements on the Shadow Shifters progress on my author blog.
Until I type again…