Another necessary activity is reading. I read a wide variety -- what the bookstore has in stock for book groups, many mystery writers, lots of women writers, YA, middle grades. EVERYone should read Richard Peck, Barbara Kingsolver, Sarah Dessen, John Sanford, Tony Hillerman, Ann Rivers Siddons, Annie Proulx, Lee Child, all stories in THE NEW YORKER, even though you won't like all. Read the classics ... and whatever else grabs your eye. Perusing book stores' fiction selections is a thrilling activity.