If you are active on any kind of social media, you are likely to see photos of beautiful writing setups, cosy desks, achievements of those who have written ten thousand words in a single day. Don’t get me wrong, that version of a “writing life” is quite valid, but I’m here to talk about why as a writer, you also need to go outside.
Now for me, when I say this, I don’t mean go and stand outside or go on an intrepid three week hike. I mean that sitting in front of a computer or a pad of paper all day, every day, is not necessarily going to do you any good. In fact, it’s more than okay to have other things you fill your day with other than writing. Yes setting writing goals are important, and yes having a writing routine is also important but a routine is just that – a routine. It’s not an all consuming, identity building existence to finish a project.
I write this post both for you, the reader, and myself three years ago when I was just starting to tackle the monstrosity of a draft that was (and still is) Akrion Cycle Book 1. It’s easy to get sucked into a world of what you should be doing and fail to recognise that what is good for one person is not necessarily good for you. In fact, for me getting outside and doing something different has been one of the ways I’ve found my way back to my writing project. Getting out and doing something other than come up with creative ways to swear at the scene on my screen has mean that I’ve finally had a few more breakthroughs in the overall arc of the story. I can’t promise my writing sessions don’t involve one expletive thrown at the characters for not cooperating, but my sessions have made progress.
So if you’re looking for a reason to know it’s okay to go do something other than writing, here is your sign to go take a walk outside. You never know, you might find some inspiration out there to bring back to your waiting page.
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