Come Out and Play

I have a three-year old cousin.  there are times she will sit and play with her toys and keep herself entertained, chattering away about all sorts of nonsense.  She comes up with some good ideas.  When you get the chance, sit and listen to children play.  Just listen.  They will surprise you with the plots they come up with.

In the picture, the children are imagining the colored tiles to be stones and the

Artist Don Dimanlig
Artist Don Dimanlig

white tiles to be a river of molten lava.  When was the last time you did that in the grocery store?  What are you waiting for?

As we get older our heads fill with so much grown-up stuff that our inner child sometimes gets lost.  It’s important to keep that child close because she/he knows how to use imagination to make life interesting.

That’s what writers are supposed to do.  Right?  What If is supposed to be the favorite game of a writer.  Your answers will be more colorful and exciting with a strong imagination.  Without imagination and creativity life gets really boring.  The old saying is true:  all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Creativity cannot get lost simply because we grow older.  It is a muscle that needs to be exercised regularly.  So find your inner child again.  Schedule time to play and flex your imagination.  If you’re lucky,  I might share my legos.



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