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.

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