WTT: A Change of Scenery

Occasionally, as a writer, we believe that we have to have a a special room or space in which to write. In fact, I posted about this a while ago. We do need a space where we won’t be interrupted. But that doesn’t have to be at home. It could be your car or a park–although that would be a seasonal space since writing outside in the winter might freeze your fingers off depending on where you live.

A change of scenery will do you good. Pack up your stuff, hop in your car, and find yourself a little cafe. Maybe your local Panera Bread, Starbucks, or–heck–your local library. Try writing outside of your house. The part of you that longs to have a distraction will be satisfied, I promise you. As for the part of you that needs to work, they’ll be satisfied too and possibly inspired by the new surroundings.ย 

But be courteous. For starters, make sure toย actually order somethingย (if you go to a cafe of course. You are not obligated to order something at your local library). It’s incredibly rude if you think it’s okay to sit some where for hours and not order something although you are using their power and wifi.

Don’t hog the plugs either. In a perfect world your laptop would never die but eventually you will be at full power and you should open up the plug for someone else.

This is the most important thing: leave. Don’t hang around all day. Get up and move around. Your body and mind will thank you for the increase in blood flow no matter how short and you will be able to write again in no time.

Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J M Tuckerman is a New Jersey-based writer, blogger, and podcast talent. Tuckerman holds a BA in Writing Arts, an MA in Writing, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is a proud dog mom, cat mom, archer, wife, and passionate book wyrm.

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