How to Breakthrough the Repetitiousness of Writing.

Hello, everyone. It’s me, Ollie. James has recently returned from a trip while I was at the kennel playing with my friends. Why, you might ask, am I telling you this? Because, as James told me during our extra long walk this morning, it helps to change venues from time-to-time to aid in our writing. Yes, this is my blog, but James has to type it for me since my paws are too big for the keyboard.

Photo was taken in Asheville, NC.

So, while I was at the kennel using telepathy to communicate with James, we were both taking advantage of being in a different place from where we usually write. And that place is typically in James’ study, with him at the keyboard and me under his desk snuggling around his feet. We’ve actually been taking advantage of this more often than not since James has been traveling frequently.

How could this help with our writing, you might also ask? Well, when you leave the steady and true environment in which you spend hours writing, you break the monotony of being trapped in a cocoon. You may not feel as if you are imprisoned, but when you do something so little as to change rooms you’ve changed the stimuli surrounding you. Being confined to the same space can lead to stagnant, repetitive words and ideas. Something so little as the direction of the sun’s rays landing on a familiar object can stimulate impulses in the brain to generate fresh and bold verses and thoughts, primarily unbeknownst to you.

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Notice how the morning sun plays on the sepals and petals.

This is especially helpful while editing, which James has been doing extensively these last few months. Moving to a new location offers new incitements that alter one’s frame of mind, allowing the writer to view their words in a new context. This helps relieve the repetitiveness of multiple drafts. Leaving the safety of a writing nest exposes one to new sensory experiences, reminding is that our characters are also undergoing numerous physical assaults. It’s these sensual feelings that will propel our characters to live in our minds and for our readers. This will also relieve the tedium of revisions.

How, you may further ask, do James and I know this? Because when James finds himself searching for an expression or phrase, he’ll take his laptop into the kitchen or living room, or outside on the terrace or into the woods to our favorite bench, and his writing picks up speed and abundance. He tells me that the simple movements made to change locations also change perspective. And I agree with him since it also alters my assessment on what we might be working, as he always reads his writing out loud to me for my input. (Note: Reading your writing out loud is a big help and a topic for another post.)

Of course, I can’t hear James reading out loud when we are in two different places, but I can hear his thoughts. Not that I’m always listening for them since I’m busy playing with my friends. But when he needs me to focus, I am at the ready. (Yes, that one would have gotten me a treat were we in the same place. There are many advantages to our being together.)

View from bench atop backfield at Skygate Farm.

So, if you find you are struggling with a word, phrase, sentence, paragraph, dialogue, poem, chapter, story, or idea, simply get up and move to a new location. It doesn’t have to be as far away as another state or country, but when you do change venues, take full advantage of what that space has to offer. You may be pleasantly surprised to find copious words appearing on paper as if they were flowing over Niagara Falls. You can edit them out later if they don’t apply.

Have you also found that changing where you write helps with your writing? Let me know where you’ve found it helpful. Perhaps at a coffee shop or the mall. You can let me know in the comments section. I always like hearing from you, even if you want to tell me something unrelated to today’s topic, so please feel free to comment on my site.

Until next week,
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Sir Oliver of Skygate Farm (you can call me Ollie)

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All photos © James Stack 2016 unless otherwise indicated



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