Sometimes you need to get away from the computer, the writing room and the library.
I find that putting myself around the extraordinary enriches me and my writing. This past Monday, I landed in Paris at 7am. I headed to my hotel, dropped off my bags and headed full steam into the Louvre.
Direct flights are amazing. You leave at dinner time and arrive in Paris for breakfast. You're at the Louvre by lunch time.
January is a wonderful time...less tourists. Terrorism also reduces crowds. I spent a few quiet moments with Venus, here photographed. What I love about her is the timelessness of her look.
When I see her face, I always feel as if I know her. Marble can be so ironically warm and close.
The past few days in between meetings, presentations and research, I have rolled around in the extraordinary and feel so enriched and ready to pour it all forth into my writing.
Greatness is elevating. I like art...I like sculpture, the impressionists and the astonishing ballet rehearsal I just saw at the Paris Bastille Opera House. I like well made clothes, fresh baked Madeline served by the Chef.
But of course the extraordinary isn't just in Paris. It's the pure laugh of a child, the unrestrained joy of a puppy on the metro trying to grab the angry lady's pant leg. It's a fuzzy new hat bought on a cold rainy day.
When you're burnt out on writing, get near the extraordinary. That includes the friend who makes you laugh until your stomach is sore.
There is something, though, about great writing, high art, and astonishing performances. They do elevate and inspire. It's as if they vibrate at a higher frequency. If you're feeling uninspired or find yourself too weighted down by the world's problems to stand up, get near greatness.
Great basketball players, great dancers, whatever it is. You will remember...and before you know it you will be back creating more for yourself and the world.
Sarah Federman, PhD