“It’s no accident that the best idea I’ve ever had in my life — perhaps maybe the best one I’ll ever have in my life — came to me on vacation.” Having taken a bit of a break myself twice this summer—rare for me—I’ve been fascinated by Lin-Manwel Miranda drawing a direct connection between his vacation and his spectacular success with HAMILTON.
I am a creature of persistence. I can dig my heels in with the best of them. If you need someone to stick in there and bang at a problem or challenge until it relents, I’m your gal.
And, I am learning, that is not the gift I used to think it was.
God is teaching me the value of rest and play—seasonally and daily. It is the essential fuel that runs creativity and grace, the enemy of scarcity, the seed of joy.
“The moment my brain got a moment’s rest, ‘Hamilton’ walked into it,” Miranda says in a recent interview. As I look to my next series beyond the Blue Thorn Ranch, I need some new characters walking into my brain, so I’ve been seeking ways to give it rest.
Sure, anyone who knows me knows one of my favorite ways to play is with yarn and knitting needles. Trouble for us writers, however, is that one of the places we also love to rest and play is in books. Rather a “busman’s holiday,” wouldn’t you say?
For me, I have to be careful about what I read or my brain kicks into “work mode.” Audio books help with this, as does reading outside the genre I’m working in. For example, I’m knee-deep in contemporary romance, so Kristy Cambron’s The Ringmaster's Wife was the perfect retreat for me recently.
What about you? What do you read when you need to “play”? Where do you find rest and rejuvenation when you need it?