Finding your ‘zone’ Part 2
Last week, we discussed ‘writing zones’ and how they can inspire different individuals to get writing. This week, we continue with even more suggestions…
Trains, buses, and planes can all be great places to write. Have you ever been stuck on a commute into work, perhaps dreading the working day ahead? Settling down with a hot beverage and your laptop may be the cure. Looking around you, you’re bound to see someone who catches your eye as interesting or unusual or remarkable in some way. Try a writing exercise to write a story which is very loosely based about them, their life, their personality etc.
Best for: People who want to liven up a daily commute, people who struggle to fit writing around their daily routine.
Less great for: People who prefer more private writing environments and, of course, people who get travelsick whilst reading/writing.
Walking and spending time in nature.
Of course, this is not always feasible, but when it is, boy, is it worth it! Take a brisk walk along a river… roam through the woods… stroll around a local park… wander through a different part of your city…the possibilities are endless, and this can work wonders for your writing. Take a notepad and pen (or even a laptop or tablet) and amble around the countryside, observing the scenery, people — and even wildlife — around you before settling in a comfortable spot and starting to write. This can be a great way to get ideas, drawing inspiration from the environment around you.
Best for: People who struggle to write from the imagination, people who easily find inspiration in their surroundings or need visual cues to write.
Less great for: People who prefer to write indoors, people who are uninspired by their current surroundings and cannot travel very far afield for various reasons.
In a library.
Where better to find literary inspiration than in a place that’s filled with literature? By writing in a library, you’re opening yourself up to a wealth of knowledge and motivation to progress. This is perhaps the perfect spot to let your imagination run wild — assuming you can resist the pull of thousands of books!
Best for: People who read for inspiration, people who prefer literary motivation and writing in the public eye. People that are distracted by loud noises.
Less great for: People who get too lost in a book and forget to write!
So, what are your thoughts on ‘writing-zones’? Do you believe that there is such a thing as a ‘perfect zone’? If you have one, share your special ‘writing zone’ in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you!