Don’t forget you can write anywhere

One of the great things about writing is that it can be done anywhere.

My family vacationed last week in the middle of nowhere, Virginia. No, I didn’t write while lounging on the dock or sunbathing on our pontoon boat. I took this week off! The only book work I allowed was thinking, since I can’t really stop myself from doing that anyhow. I reflected on my story arc, how the book is developing and where I want it to go from here.

Now I feel refreshed, more level-headed than before, ready to jump back into writing.

But back to writing from anywhere. As we prepared to drive north from Virginia, it occurred to me that I didn’t have to write at home. After all, that’s where I found myself in a bit of a rut before vacation. So on our way home to Albany, NY, I jumped ship in New York City. My best friend lives here, so I’ll stay with her for a few days, writing at coffee shops while she’s at work.

That should make for a good change of scenery. And in two weeks, I’m off to Georgia for a five-week artist residency!

I’m guessing some of you might benefit from a similar change. Writers, don’t forget you can work anywhere! Is there a quiet bookshop down the street calling your name? Do you have a friend who’s willing to house you so you can get away for a few days? Or maybe your change of scenery is as simple as moving from your home office to your back porch for a few hours.

Share with us what works for you.