It's amazing what a change of scene can do for a writer's tired brain. I've just been away for a couple of weeks' summer break, and have found myself refreshed for the tasks ahead.
My inspiration comes from the sea. But I can see that from my desk at home, too. So what's the difference? I think it has become very difficult to write at home because of multiple distractions inherent in living someplace.
I can't rush off and take a trip every time my writing suffers, though! I began to consider what steps I might take to eliminate distractions at home. Here are a couple of things that are working quite well for me at the moment:
- No desk. That's right, just set the laptop on the lap it was built for (on a lap tray so you don't get hot legs from the fan), and sit on a chair in the middle of the room. I even found an armless one to be best, because that means the only place for my hands to be is on the keyboard. Instant increased productivity.
- Failing that, the desk must be clear of clutter at all times. No to-do lists, no bills to be paid, no books to read, no munchies. Nothing. And don't give in to the temptation to put anything there. I have now reserved a place for things that need my attention - far away behind me on the other side of the room where they can't interrupt me.
- Long walks. An hour or two a day does wonders for perking up the imagination, to say nothing of the health benefits.
What can you do to change your scene today?