The Scientist has an interesting article up: Discouraged by science? Try writing, subtitled: Q&A with Chris McCabe, a geneticist who writes novels to escape from the drudgery of writing unsuccessful grants and un-published papers.
And I gotta empathize a bit with McCabe. While that’s not at all why I started blogging, blogging has transformed how I look at my own science. Having a way to connect my science and reading of literature to the rest of biology, and society in general, has played a major role in motivating myself. It’s become so much more fun to read journal articles at a voracious pace, and I get great practice for articulating the relevant science to others.
So, whether it’s writing novels or blogging, having some creative outlet can definitely rejuvinate a life in science.