For my first Thursday’s Children, I’m choosing The Great Outdoors. No, I’m not referring to the television show (although I have previously crushed on one of the male presenters!), but the actual outdoors. Being outside.
Whenever I get stuck in a writing or editing rut, I leave the house. With my two awesome puppies by my side, I go for a walk and just clear my head. It’s amazing what a good dose of fresh air can do!
Not only does this drive me to start work again but, sometimes, the walk itself can provide a source of inspiration. Here is a list of things that have happened to me on walks during the past two months:
1. I witnessed a manhunt for an escaped robber and walked past policemen, police dogs, police choppers and police cars (this walk was then cancelled. Promptly).
2. A group of six cute old men voted me ‘Friendliest Girl on the Waterfront’.
3. I saw a guy steal a rooster.
4. I heard a rooster crow repeatedly at 5am and wondered if it was a cry for help (sometimes I need an inspiration walk early).
5. I saw a group of people dressed in white, holding hands around a bonfire on the beach while chanting.
See? Not only is the fresh air doing me inspirational wonders, but it’s adding to my material, too! In fact, if I just walked a bit more and worked a little less, surely I’d get more done . . . right?
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