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. 

But be courteous. For starters, make sure to actually order something (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.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.