It’s Monday again but this week I swear I am taking it easy. I am only working at my day job for a few hours today and probably not at all the rest of the week. That doesn’t mean I don’t have things I need to do though. Between the holidays and my own personal projects I will be pretty busy.
This past month I have focused more of my time on trying to learn new things everyday. I have come to the conclusion that the key to writing is keeping the brain stimulated with new content daily. Content that makes you think! TV and social media do not stimulate the brain and should be consumed sparingly. Books, both physical and audio, podcast, course lectures, other peoples blogs, these types of things stimulate my brain so those are the things I am focusing on.
I now have a new goal of reading 1 or 2 (or more) books every month and listening to a course lecture on iTunes U, or an educational podcast, everyday. In the past few weeks I started doing this I have noticed more ideas coming to me out of the blue and I have a greater ability to brain storm ideas as well. Before when I sat down to write I felt a stuck and was starting to fear that I had nothing much to say. I realize now that I just needed to jump start my brain. Now that I’ve got it running I need to keep it fueled with new knowledge and new perspectives.
I am currently listening to Oxford University “Philosophy for Beginners” lectures and reading Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. Anansi Boys isn’t exactly educational in the traditional sense but Gaiman is an incredible writer and one of the best ways to learn to write better is to read more. I think I could learn a thing or two by reading more of his work. And there’s no reason that fiction can’t be just as mentally stimulating as non-fiction, right?
Anyway, other than that I plan to enjoy my holidays and work on coming up with some resolutions for 2015. Look for that post soon! I hope you all have a great week, I encourage you to make some time to learn something new :)