I’ve been stalled on my writing and feeling pretty demotivated this week. I spent a couple of days bashing my head against the same word wall, getting nowhere and stressing about it. Then, last night, rather than soldiering on with the writing, I borrowed some of my wife’s acrylic paints and had a great time producing this splodgy painting (it’s a tree I photographed at the weekend in all this lovely autumnal light we’ve got at the moment). I’m so pleased with how it turned out that I’ve started to today feeling much more positive about my writing. I suppose, what I’m trying to say is, sometimes it’s useful to prevaricate, skive off and jump onto a completely different project if it gives your brain a break from something you’re battling with. Also, autumn is pretty. Also, messy paint is fun. Also, gold.