Amy Beach was the first North American woman to succeed as a composer of serious large-scale musical works. These compositions include a mass, symphony and piano concerto.
When taking a break from composing her major works Amy liked to give herself a treat. She enjoyed writing songs.
As well as being an enjoyable treat for Amy, these short songs were very important to her creative process. Many of the ideas developed in her major works were initially sketched out in miniature within her songs.
It is a fact that many of our best and most creative ideas come to us as we do things we enjoy. What do you particularly enjoy? What tasks do you consider a stimulating and enjoyable treat?
Now think harder! Which parts of your job or profession do you particularly enjoy?
Give yourself the treat of doing them regularly. As you enjoy yourself you may experience the added delight that comes of discovering a spark of a bright new idea.