I think what feeds my spirit is affected by my mood swings, the time of the month, the phases of the moon, planetary alignment, etc. And unfortunately, I’m in a bit of a downturn at the moment for no particular reason. Like, I wanted to yell at my hubby last weekend for trying to help cook the eggs… because he wasn’t doing it the way I would have done it. What kind of craziness is that, to get angry because someone wanted to help? Bat-sh*t-craziness, that’s what it is.
Although I’m not sure it actually enhances my writing (and it certainly takes time away from it), family vacations probably top the list as spirit-fuel. Which is kind of a “duh” addition to the list. Yet there is definitely something to be said for getting away from the hum-drum of daily life. Letting someone else cook meals and clean up. Spending time with hubby and kiddos that isn’t plugged into a digital device. It also helps that our favorite vacation destination is Disney World... I mean, when we get away from it all, we really get away from it all! It is a time of total escapism, which makes sense, since my writing is also about total escapism (both for myself and my readers).
Getting together with my writer peeps is also a boon to the spirit. Not only are they supportive and generous with their guidance and knowledge, they are also just flat-out fun to be with! Even when we’re not talking writing (which is rare, since it is such an all-consuming passion for each of us), they are a blast to be with. I am grateful to have undertaken this writing endeavor because it has brought me in contact with people I never would have known otherwise. And they are all fan-flippin’-tastic!
My writing. I have always needed a creative outlet. In the past, it has been cross-stitch or needlepoint or community theatre… but now, it is my writing. My writing fuels my soul to keep writing. I get stressed when I don’t have time to write, because that means my creative muse is being ignored. Sometimes she flows more readily and meaningfully than others, but she always flows. When I block the flow because I’m busy with life (or in the middle of edits), there is tension within me. And then I freak out about how my hubby cooks the eggs. When I write, my spirit is energized, the planets are in alignment, my mood swings to the positive, and I’m in my happy place.
And my happy place has bacon :-)