When was the last time you learned something new? I’m not talking trivia, like how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop. I’m talking how to do something, like actually make a tootsie pop.
There is nothing more stimulating than adjusting your perspective by putting on a different pair of metaphorical shoes. Sure, you may stink at whatever you’re trying to do -- I almost failed 8th grade art and my teacher made me do three water color projects because she thought I was goofing off (which I may have been, but I can’t do water colors) – but the experience will energize your life.
I recently changed jobs and the duties/responsibilities are so different that I spent the first three weeks struggling to keep my (metaphorically again) head above water. You know what, though? During that time I started a new screen play and I’ve got almost 90 pages done!
Next month is November. It’s NaNoWriMo. Do it. Seriously. If you think you’re too busy then you’ve got a better than average chance of actually succeeding. When December rolls around you’ll be a novelist.
Just one thing -- start from scratch. Don’t pick up a scrap or a stalled out idea from ten years ago. It will be easier without baggage. And I meant what I said about being busy. The busier you are in life, the more likely you’ll be able to get it done.