Friday, June 7, 2013
Writing A Different Way
My Write a Different Way Day was this past Wednesday. I dropped my dog off for grooming and daycare and headed out. My original plan was to write outside, probably in my backyard in our tree house in progress. But, being a cool and somewhat frumpy weather morning, I decided the library, where I haven`t written since college, would work for a good write once it opened.
Still wanting to keep it a different way, I wrote in a small restaurant first. Over chai tea and a cinnamon roll, I filled several pages of a notebook with what I thought wasn`t working in my story, what my plans were to fix those things, and some questions I had for and about my main characters. Very helpful stuff. I liked writing there, mostly because even though it was busy and noisy, I could ignore it all because nobody wanted me to do anything more than place my order and pay for it. No, I don`t require a quiet place to write, only to not be needed for a while.
The library was a nice change for me, too. I`ll definitely be drawn to this environment on a regular basis. Lots of places to write comfortably, as many of you already know, plus being surrounded by books was an inspiration in itself. And, of course, nobody needed me there either. My next different way will be outside where there are limitless possibilities. I`m about due for a couple day mini writing retreat at my son`s on Buckhorn Road, a very restful, creative atmosphere, indeed.
Even the small changes in the method or madness of it all can do a writer good and bring back that lost spark.
What do you do to keep your writing process fresh?