The Importance of Play to Creativity

Tara Lazar had a recent post where Deb Lund wrote about the importance of play to writers. Deb mentioned that we creatives often think that we don’t have enough time to play. Yet, play is so important! It is a fun post, and worth your while to read. Click here for the post.
So do you take time to play? I used to think that I had no time to play either, but lately I have found myself playing more often. And I have found myself with more ideas as a result.
On the same day of reading the Tara Lazar post, I read the latest 12X12 post featuring author Roxie Munro. Although I am not a huge fan of apps, I do really love Roxie’s maze books, so I ended up buying Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure. It did not disappoint. Immediately after purchasing it, I spent 1/2 hour playing on my iPad, discovering how to navigate her complex mazes. Truthfully, I was trying to see if my daughter would enjoy the app, but it is just as fun for an adult. This is definitely an app I will revisit.

Puddle play in my snazzy new black boots

Puddle play in my snazzy new black boots

That same day I had gone out to play in the rain. Yup, I got myself some shiny new black rain boots, and I tested them out. I have a recent string of stories that relate to rain, and I needed to make some observations to make them more realistic. But why not play at the same time?

Certainly books are part of my collage

Certainly books are part of my collage

I am also experiencing a lot of play in my “family journal jam” course. One day, my daughter and I did a collage on the theme “What makes me happy”. Amy Bowers, leader of the course, later mentioned that in one of her writing courses, one of the activities was for the students to collage the theme of their book. This is a great way of adding play too! Right now the other theme to my stories is socks. Collaging socks would certainly be fun. And so would collaging rain.
How do you play?

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