March 8, 2016

Writing on the Road

During the month of February, I took a writing class called Write Yourself Alive. For 30 days, participants wrote one or two stories, poems, and/or posts based on the days writing prompts. It was a great way to reignite my love affair with words in a completely different way.

One day, I was stuck in the house due to some bad weather and I couldn't complete one of the day's daily prompts, but today I am.
Go somewhere completely outside of your normal routine to write today. Switch it up, try new locations, new music, new people, and new surroundings. Compare the output of your creativity with that of your usual places. Does that help? Does it hinder? 

I'm on my way to my favorite bookstore about 30 miles from my home and Kate is coming with me. Our plan is to sit in the café while she mostly reads, and I mostly write. I'm curious to find out how the atmosphere will change my process. There will certainly be more distractions, but that's what I was going for. I'll come back and answer the questions tomorrow.

P.S. You may also like What Are You Reading? and Old Habits Die Hard.

Update: I had a great time writing in a (mostly) busy café at my favorite bookstore. It was also nice to have Kate there to bounce ideas off of. I found I could block out the noise and not get too distracted. I will definitely make this part of my weekly writing routine from here on in!


Wendy E Wrzos said...

Kim, it was interesting to read this, as I have never written anywhere other than my home. I am so glad that it worked out, and that you made a day of it by also enjoying the company of your daughter.
I always enjoy your posts, and am looking forward to reading more about your Writing Challenge.

- Wendy

Kimberly Merritt said...

Hi, Wendy. I love to write outdoors, in cafes, just about anywhere. But if I'm doing any kind of serious writing, it's usually at home. This time I packed up the essentials and tackled an important writing task. I loved the energy--a completely opposite experience of when I'm home in my very quiet house. Try it. :)