By Michelle Lynn Senters-
As a full-time writer, I spend many hours a day staring into the computer screen. My eyes grow weary. My brain becomes mush and soon, I realize I have nothing to say. Every writer goes through “writer’s block” (the inability to put words on the page) and every writer has their own way of dealing with it.
One way to breathe some fresh life into your writing is to write in a new place. This morning, I had a difficult time in my writing. In fact, the difficulty is so great on this project that I even considered abandoning it. Instead, I turned off the computer, put on my walking shoes, and took the dog for a walk. I have to admit that walking is NOT my favorite activity. I am more of an inside, pen and paper kind of girl. But, I took that pen and paper and hiked in the hills near my house. My senses woke up. The sun beat on my back and the birds called to each other in the trees above. I smelled the damp earth and heard the crunching of leaves beneath my feet. Finally, I reached my favorite rock. It was cold, but provided a good seat while I wrote. My brain woke up and I was able put a bit of ink on the page.
Exercise #2: Write in a new place. Write in a different room inside your house: closet, basement, sitting under the table, your sister’s bedroom (with permission, of course), or in the bathtub. This may sound silly, but it offers a fresh perspective. Or, write outside. Sit on the porch and listen. Do you hear cars? Birds? Your neighbor playing basketball? Go for a walk and awaken your senses. Be sure to bring a pencil and notebook with you. You may be surprised at what you discover.
Michelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a Reading Interventionist and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at www.michellelynnsenters.com.