Truth be told, boredom can infest the most active and creative minds as well.
But when you’re an avid writer, you’ve got no time to be bored.
1. Curiosity (contrary to popular belief, it did not kill the cat!)
Those who say curiosity killed the cat know nothing… Curiosity is the power that keeps the world moving. And a writer knows that!
Curiosity lets you see things like when the first time you saw things – from a child’s perspective: fresh, unbiased, adventurous, optimistic, not easily disinterested.
Curiosity lets you see things the way a scientist does – on its own, placed under a magnifying glass: with a critical, cautious mind, prepared to show everything in their true color.
Curiosity makes you observe things the way an investigator does – everything in their place, not taking anything out of context, knowing the importance of the surrounding and environment, placing the ever broken bits of verity back together, knowing that the truth may never be found out or a lifetime of research might still not be enough to retell in its whole form. Nevertheless curiosity is the power that helps you still keep going and not to give up the search for the true nature of things or the true nature of happenings.
Curiosity puts you in danger and saves you from danger, puts you in another’s shoes and makes you embark on a walk that otherwise you would’ve never dreamed of.
An avid writer is an avid reader. No exceptions! If there’s someone who disagrees then that writer must be a malformation!
I dare you find another pastime that keeps you away from boredom as much as reading! I must be biased, I admit, but I speak of experience! 🙂 I love creating things with my hands and sauntering in nature, I love taking photos and playing board games, taking a swim and cooking a hearty meal, but still…
Stories are the looms that weave the world together, give meaning to human life, create a frame for us to connect to each other. We’re nothing without stories, and we’re less than nothing without each other.
Where do you find stories that make you a co-creator? Books. The writer created half of the story, the reader stitches to it the second half: their mind’s imagination. Books are the tools that keep the stories for us and generate more stories in us. Books are stories that continue in us. They keep our minds and bodies busy alike.
A writer reads in the bathroom, in the dining-room, on the bus, in the car (hey, what are audibles for?), at the dentist’s, in the restaurant, on the sidewalk, in the park, in the garage, in the courtyard, under the umbrella, in a crowd, in the library, in the bedroom, in the morning, at night, at work (oops!), on top of the roof, while collecting garbage, on the internet, on their e-reader, in an entertainment park, while avoiding their obnoxious neighbour, on a trip… Never being bored even after they finished the last chapter!
I know for some this seems to be such an overrated thing, and those usually don’t like being near me: they think of us as those silly, good-for-nothing contemplators, who day-dream instead of doing something already! But thinking isn’t overrated to a writer…
Thinking is still considered to be a very useful pastime among writers. Being studious, thinking before acting or speaking, being slow to judge, contemplating the issues at hand, being levelheaded before making a decision could be wise hobbies for anybody, but for the writer thinking in itself is a work, not just a means to an end.
Asking: what if? Asking: why? Asking: how so? Just asking. They always have questions, and that must be very irritating to the people who always like to have answers. But they are the ones who must be bored all the time (and wrong as well). The thinker is never bored. That is one thing you cannot take away from anyone, and that can keep you sane, free and entertained all the time.
What other things keep writers away from boredom and how a writer can use this coveted talent of not being able to feel boredom? – That is a topic for another post!