As someone who is pretty much totally right-brained, it can be hard to stay fresh. Creativity is certainly a muscle that needs to be flexed on a regular basis, but just like any exercise, when you constantly use it the same way, other areas of your life get ignored. It’s like the guy at the gym that has great biceps, but flabby legs.
Hence my recent nose-dive into painting and art of all sorts. I’ve been taking art classes for years. It is a great way for me to meet new people – one of the hazards of working solo – and use my artistic bent in a new way.
How does this benefit me as a writer? It exposes me to new methods and ways of approaching problems and solving them. As someone who writes professionally, that is what I do: I take the “problem” of a topic and “solve” it. It is much like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Art keeps me fresh and thinking creatively no matter the subject.