Live your life.
No one can write all the time, 24-hours a day. It would be impossible. Eventually you'll get burned out, and besides, where would all your novel fodder come from?
Because let's face it, there are some things you just can't make up. That's the whole "stranger than fiction" thing you've heard about. It's true, people.
For example, I'm drafting away, and I need every spare minute to write. But where do I go on Monday night?
A Mascot bowl.
That's right. Get jealous. Picture proof below:
|I think that's a badger. Playing the drums. Stranger than fiction? Uh, yeah.|
|Green man percussion group from UVU. Weird, and not for the reasons you think. It totally bugged me that their gloves weren't the same shade of green as their unitards. And you always win when you can use "unitard" in a real conversation.|
|The bull from USU getting the crowd fired up. Or something. I pretty much sat there the whole night, but it was fun. And yes, those are the Rocky Mountains. Just being outside is refreshing.|
|The mascots getting ready to receive the kick.|
Everyone needs to take a break from writing. Everyone needs to get out there and live their real life. For me, that's when the best ideas come. Even if they're not life-shattering. They still come, and they allow me to refresh myself to live inside the page again.
How do you get your ideas? Have you ever been to a mascot bowl? I highly recommend it. It was pretty much the highlight of my week.