Monday, May 13, 2013

Where you write

My biggest problem with writing is that I don't have as much time for it as I'd like. I often hear other writers complaining that they are stuck or "blocked" and can't write a single word. I think this must stem from fear of failure, whether it be failure of rejection or just the inability to make a story or character turn out as imagined. Whatever the case, I think one solution is to put yourself in a setting where you don't normally write. It might spark new inspiration, even if you aren't blocked!

Here are some photo ideas of places to write. Who knows, maybe the pictures will be enough to inspire you. Just imagine what it would sound like, smell and feel like to be there. What sort of story might take place there? If you go somewhere in person, pay attention to these same sensory details. If you go somewhere populated, don't forget to study the people. People watching is one of the best tools of the trade.












31 comments:

  1. When I'm having trouble--usually more ADHD than writers block--I go to a cafe. I buy an expensive latte, and tell myself I can't leave until I've "earned" it with whatever task seems appropriate. This has the advantage of removing me from my laundry and my Internet.

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    1. I think getting away from the internet would help me, too. I'd have more time to write if I just unplugged more often.

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  3. What awesome pictures to brighten up a dull day.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Yvonne.

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    1. It's amazing what beauty can do, isn't it?

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  4. I'm thankful to live in traveled woodland like some of those later photos. Can be so soothing. Alternatively, nice to have no one around when I want to yell at the top of my lungs!

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    1. lol! I was thinking it's nice to have no one around because of the quietude.

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  5. I enjoy your posts and nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you're interested, see my post at http://blog.janridernewman.com/2013/05/accepting-challenge-and-passing-it-on.html. Happy blogging.

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  6. If you don't mind a lack of conflict in your fiction I'd be happy to write in some of those spots. Particularly the first. Characters just enjoying the gorgeous view and a long swim.

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  7. Some of the funnest stories to write, for me, are about sinister things happening in unlikely places. So while the writer enjoys the scenery, his characters aren't having such a nice time.

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  8. Beautiful photos, Heidi.

    I've had wonderful travels in my life and often use my experiences in my writings.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Oh, yes! I love to find stories in my travels. We writers carry around an extra facet with us wherever we go, don't we? We visit places on many different levels. Good to see you again!

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  9. Great photos. I think I would be too distracted by the scenery to write in any of these places, but I wouldn't mind trying. So true that rejection and fear of failure are usually the cause of writers block. So true.

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    1. Accepting rejection is part of the deal. I've come to expect it. Every acceptance is a wonderful surprise. Thanks so much for stopping by, Shell!

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  10. It's hard to beat Mother Nature when it comes to inspiration.

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  11. Do you write to music? And if you do, what kind? With some, it helps.

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    1. I don't typically write to music. I have written to the music that my characters like in order to get into their moods, but I don't do it often. I find silence is the best inspiration for my imagination.

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  12. Very pretty pictures! And inspiring. I like to go on walks, such as in the mountains or even in towns, when I get writer's block. It always helps.

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  13. If I was in any of those places, I'd be off exploring. LOL

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    1. I would too, but I'd also sit and explore with my imagination. ;)

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  15. What gorgeous pictures! I must pen something.....but more often than not, I realize I don't write simply out of sheer lack of discipline. Need to correct that.

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  16. I'm pretty sure that I'd be able to find writing inspiration in any one of those places. I can find it on my couch, too, but I'd much rather exercise it from, say, image number 1. Or 2. Or 3. Or....

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  17. They are all beautiful, but I love the picture with the train.

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  18. Great idea to try someplace new to get out of a rut. I wish I had such beautiful places to go write. Thanks for the photos.
    People watching and listening is very important.

    http://katloveswriting.blogspot.com

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  19. Nice post. Loved the pictures. Yosemite, especially. One of my favorite places. But they were all beautiful.

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