Writing Tip #298: Don’t read the news.
It messes with your reality.
Sure, the news is some sort of reality, but it doesn’t have to be yours. Give it up for a day, a week, a month. See what happens to your writing. Allow yourself to live in your own world. If you want to call it escapism, call it whatever you want. Escaping from (bad) news? That’s OK.
Dive into your own reality, your own world. Forget the outside world for a short time, focus on only what surrounds you. Where are you? Who are you with? What are your kids thinking today? What would you wife like more than anything in the world? What surprise might you give your kids that would drop their jaws and rub their eyes in disbelief?
News, especially bad news, puts a damper on my creative parade. Do I live in a bubble? Do I not care about the rest of the world? That’s not what I’m getting at. I want to shoot out of the explosion of smoke and fire and make my own path.
No news is good news.
How long can you go without?
If you’re hurting for some creative inspiration, go within instead of going (with)out. Quiet your mind and see what’s on the news ticker there. Try it for a day, a week, I dare you, I challenge you.