Write in a different place and at a different time every day.
Change it up, keep it moving, don’t let your imagination go stale.
When you change your surroundings, it builds your focus on what you’re doing. If things are changing around you (noises, location, people, light, etc.) then you’ll have to make your own environment and learn how to block out what’s around you or let it in and let it affect you only if it makes sense (maybe you’re writing about where you are).
Raising kids, some savvy parent suggested that I don’t always put my newborn in a perfectly dark and quiet environment. If you do that, they can later only sleep in perfectly dark and quiet environments–and those don’t always exist. I specifically remember carrying one of those hand baby carriers in the Home Depot while an employee just turned on a huge table saw. It was like an airplane revving up. My little guy slept right through it. Because I kept changing the environment where he slept, he later was able to sleep anywhere.
Change your environment where you write and soon you’ll be able to write anywhere–and everywhere.
No longer will have fall victim to excuses such as:
- It’s too noisy to write.
- I can’t write when it’s below 72 degrees.
- If I don’t have my favorite laptop, the words don’t flow.
- There are pine needles on my keyboard.
- I got suntan lotion on my screen.
None of those formerly Berlin Walls of Writer’s Block will slow you down. You’ll be able to write anywhere, anytime and under any circumstances.
How do you write? Do you write in the same place and the same time every day? Or do you mix it up?
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Maybe this works for you. or for 80% of the population that might work. but for the 20% who are HSP (highly sensitive person – also called Sensory Processing Sensitivity or Sensory Integration Disorder), like myself, this might be close to impossible.
This often works for me, but I also can see the benefit of Write in the same place and at the same time every day … which is why I took both angles! Do you write in the same place and at the same time every day?
Thanks, Kathy. I’m getting outvoted on this one as most people like the Same Place, Same Time schedule!