Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Identifying Complementary Work

I've noticed in the past couple of years that there are certain types of work that I can do that complement writing and make my wriitng better. As odd as it initially sounds, Housework, for example, and yard work, are good complements to writing. They involve physical movement, actual sweat, and exertion. I always find when I return to writing after complementary work, I write better.

Other types of work are actually contrary to writing. Editing, for example, does not help writing. Editing is critical work, fault-finding work, and editing tends to kill creative impulses (particularly copyediting).

Have you found work that is complementary to your own work? I'm curious how this works for other people.