Reading is one of those things that people all over the world love to do. For some, it helps to bring a sense of solitude which is needed in this busy world. Aside from this, reading has numerous benefits which include helping to improve literacy, expanding your vocabulary and helping you reduce stress. For this reason, it’s a good hobby to have and something you should engage in as regularly as possible. However, there are other ways that you can entertain yourself outside of your love for books. On that note, here simple ideas for keeping yourself entertained as a bookworm.
If you happen to love reading books, then you may have what it takes to be a good writer. Seeing as reading is one of the fundamentals of writing, perhaps think about creative writing during your free time. There are different types of things that you can engage in such as short stories or poetry. In order to get into creative writing, start by generating creative ideas. Here are a few ideas for doing so.
- Listen to conversations - Sometimes, all you need to get your creative juices flowing is to listen to what’s going on around you. Go out for a walk or sit in a café and listen to the conversations around you. Take in the scenery and let your mind wander and write down what you think or feel.
- Daydream - You’d be surprised at what daydreaming can do to help you come up with creative ideas and beat writer's block. Try meditating before writing to give your mind a clear pathway to wander.
- Find a photograph - Another idea to consider to help inspire creative writing would be choosing a photograph and writing about it. This may especially be helpful if there are people in the picture you can turn into characters.
- Pick an emotion - To write a good story, you need to be able to use emotions. Choose any emotion and create a story about it. You can continue changing emotions from there.
Another way that you could entertain yourself as a bookworm is to go and watch a theater show. You may like this as this kind of entertainment is usually relatively creative and some even happen to be based on books. If, for instance, you’ve read the book White Christmas by Jody Rosen, then perhaps you seeing the theater show with the same title may be entertaining for you as you can compare notes. By looking on ticketsales.com you should be able to find at least one show you’ll like.
Spend Time in Nature
For those who love books and have a raging imagination, spending time in nature may also be entertaining. It’s an opportunity to find peace within yourself and also soak in the beautiful views around you which is good as research shows people are happier when in nature. Some specific things that you could do in nature include engage in nature photography, have a picnic, or plan a fun camping trip.
Join a Book Club
To acknowledge your love for books, the last suggestion for entertaining yourself would be to simply join a book club. By doing this, you can share your love for books with other people and also discuss your thoughts on each book you read. Alternatively, you could start your own book club by deciding the type of book club you’d like, who you want to invite and where you’ll meet. Also, figure out what books you’ll be reading and how everyone will access them.
Delicia Warren is a freelance writer, passionate about the environment, organic farming and food production. An advocate for a holistic approach to the world’s problems, she has a particular interest in the small changes individuals can make to their lifestyle to minimize their environmental footprint.