I know there are quite a few of you who only write in one place and refuse to budge from it. That’s totally fine, and I commend your stubbornness. However, if that particular spot is all you see of the world, your writing may suffer.
One of the biggest pieces of advice for writers is to write what you know. Well, how can you know much of anything if you don’t allow yourself to experience something new.
So this weekend, take your paper and pen (who am I kidding, just grab your iPad), and find a new spot. Even if it’s just sitting at Starbucks and people watching (something I had a little too much fun doing yesterday). Go to the beach. Sit outside under a tree. Take a walk in a different direction from where you normally go. You don’t need to spend any money to go somewhere new.
You also don’t need to write when you’re there. If you do, awesome! If not, that’s fine. Soak in the experience. Watch those around you and see what they do. Are they interacting with each other? With nature? Are they withdrawn? What about nature itself? What is it like? Raining? Snowing? Sunning?
The goal of this exercise is to shake up your perspective. Things can start to look hopeless or difficult if you look at them from the same angle. Try something new. Go somewhere new. Experience life, don’t just write about it.
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