I see the hashtag #wonderfulwednesday a lot these days, and I love it. Stories of joy, moments of happiness, quotes for hope often accompany this tag, and I can never get enough light in my world!
With the release of Valiant Heart nearly here, I cannot help but think about how exploring the worlds we find in books, games, and TV/movies can keep our senses of wonder alive and well. If could not have played the fantasy RPG games that started me thinking about the world of Tanahr in the first place, if I had not read fantasy and fantasy romances that set my heart soaring in whole other worlds…would I have had the determination and squee needed to see this project through?
There is a phrase I remember when I’m suffering from creativity blocks and writing doldrums: you can’t draw water from an empty well. If I don’t have an overfull sense of wonder, how can build worlds to entice my readers? How can I keep up with the difficult, if rewarding, work that writing entails?
I have to fill the well. Making time in my schedule for gaming, reading things that make me happy, talking walks in nature, watching shows that inspire me, or creating playlists that I know keep me in that writing chair once I get there…none of this is optional. I fill my well of wonder so I can create more wonder to put out into the world.
What do you do to ensure that your life is wonder-full? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments and as always, thank you so much for reading!