cross-train (verb) to engage in a variety of exercises for well-rounded health and muscular development.
People often ask me if I get writer’s block. If you’re a writer (or live with a writer) you may know this is something of a touchy question. Kind of like double-dipping a chip and then asking someone if they’ve had that stomach virus that’s been going around.
I wish I could say I’m immune to writer’s block, but I think everyone gets it at some point. And I mean everyone, not just writers. To mean, “writer’s” block is essentially burnout. The feeling of being uninspired, or lacking in motivation. Who hasn’t felt that way about their day-to-day job, whatever it is?
Over the years I’ve developed some proactive strategies to combat these sorts of doldrums. Most of them involve cross-training. In other words, replenishing your motivation by giving your brain a new challenge. Cross-training can consist of anything, but here are a few of my favorite ideas. Notice all of them involve getting up from the computer and none of them involve writing a single word.