One of the great things about writing is that it can be done anywhere.
My family vacationed last week in the middle of nowhere, Virginia. No, I didn’t write while lounging on the dock or sunbathing on our pontoon boat. I took this week off! The only book work I allowed was thinking, since I can’t really stop myself from doing that anyhow. I reflected on my story arc, how the book is developing and where I want it to go from here.
Now I feel refreshed, more level-headed than before, ready to jump back into writing.
But back to writing from anywhere. As we prepared to drive north from Virginia, it occurred to me that I didn’t have to write at home. After all, that’s where I found myself in a bit of a rut before vacation. So on our way home to Albany, NY, I jumped ship in New York City. My best friend lives here, so I’ll stay with her for a few days, writing at coffee shops while she’s at work.
That should make for a good change of scenery. And in two weeks, I’m off to Georgia for a five-week artist residency!
I’m guessing some of you might benefit from a similar change. Writers, don’t forget you can work anywhere! Is there a quiet bookshop down the street calling your name? Do you have a friend who’s willing to house you so you can get away for a few days? Or maybe your change of scenery is as simple as moving from your home office to your back porch for a few hours.
Share with us what works for you.