As a writer you understand that activating the imagination while focusing on a computer screen drains the mind like a leech. Sitting on your backside writing you can be of the impression you’re resting, though it’s costly to come up ideas.

 

The primary fuel burned while exercising the mind is glucose. If you’re writing you’ll need glucose to create ideas, as is the case with the 100-meter sprint and once it’s depleted it’s reasonable to say that you’ll need to rest until blood glucose levels are restored. Elite athletes tend to be time short and utilize their rest doing different exercises, that require a lower level of energy or a different energy pathway all together. As a writer I’ve found it’s possible to have a similar approach to recovering while still exercising the mind. I’ve recently begun creating an artistic metaphysics in other arts that don’t include writing while I still utilize the imagination and I’ve found that, not only is it nice to recreate the imagination in other forms of art, it’s also therapeutic and psychologically rewarding. When I say the latter I compare the length of time for writing a book, sometimes a year, against other art forms, painting a portrait can be wrapped up in a week. When finishing a year of writing you’re not even guaranteed that there’ll be an audience that will appreciate your story. Anybody who’s ever written a book will know it’s like pulling teeth out trying to get friends to read your story. If you are lucky enough to have people read your story it can be an even bigger ask to expect them to finish the entire book as time is limited for some. I have to say I never dove too deep in to asking people to be readers as I didn’t want to be one of the people begging—perhaps that’s my weakness. Let’s look at painting as an art form to substitute your resting moment from writing, not only can I get my ideas on paper or canvas quicker than writing stories, there’s also that advantage of less time required of the audience to appreciate the painting; it can be done with a few blinks of the eyes and an interpretation can be achieved by the viewer, who might, or might not, give you their thoughts on the story you’ve transcended from your mind, to canvas or to their minds. This means your art is appreciated within a few seconds and it’s a great psychological reward that can substitute the year long wait, or even more. You miss this reward while you’re writing your book.

 

It’s true that using the mind for writing and using the mind for other art forms still requires fuel for the mind that will eventually be depleted and require you to rest. One exercise of the mind is focus. Focusing on writing burns energy until you fatigue. Focusing on something else can assist with utilizing the imagination while the mind restores the energy to refurbish the focus to return you to writing while you’re still reproducing your imagination. My typical day now includes half of the day devoted to writing, while the other half and possibly some of the night are devoted to painting.

 

Imagining, then imagining, then imagining again, to me, is like a scattered dream in a reality that can be revisited another day.

Gaston Cavalleri is an author, travel writer, jiu-jitsu fighter, screenwriter and painter from Bondi Beach, Australia.

The painting is the work of Gaston Cavalleri.

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