Discuss: Get Away from the Desk


I know what you’re thinking. It’s cold and horrible outside and you don’t want to leave the comfort of your desk. I feel the same way, believe me. But yesterday’s advice post was all about using a change of environment to jumpstart your writing process. So I think we should all take that to heart and get away from our desks for just one day and do some writing somewhere else.

Now, technically, you could cheat at this challenge and just write somewhere different in your house. If the weather really is frightful, then I give you permission to cheat. Try out your kitchen table (as long as it isn’t noisy), or a couch, or a comfy armchair. Why not try writing in your bed, if you don’t already? You might find that being somewhere else gives you new inspiration. If you find you can’t write lately, there may just be some bad vibes hanging around your desk. Shift yourself to a new place in the house and see what happens!

But if you’re feeling more adventurous, why not try leaving the house and finding a completely new setting for your writing? As was mentioned in yesterday’s post, a coffee shop might be the perfect place to hear snippets of conversations and see people interact in real life. Observing other people can help you understand how your characters should be interacting. Or, perhaps it might help to meet up with a friend and bounce you ideas off them. If the weather is nicer where you live, maybe sit outside and do some writing amongst nature.

Do you already get away from your desk on a regular basis? Share your different writing environments in the comments!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

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