We like to think that creative types who produce a lot of stuff are capable of just doing that all the time, but comic artist Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal reminds us in a new strip that creativity isn t as sustainable as it might appear from the outside.
Talking about his recent work, Inman talks about the needing breaks in order to make work useful:
A friend once told me that creativity is like breathing.
Or you ll be dead.
Which is all to say, step away from what you re working on.
Read a book outside your field of expertise.
You ll feel better for it in the end.