Thursday, July 30, 2009

What to Write

How many times have you heard the phrase “Write what you know?” For me the times are too numerous to count. I was thinking about this the other day after reading an article on how to put more adventure into your life and came to the realization that just sitting in front of my computer and trying to “write what I knew” wasn’t going to get me very far. Let’s face it; our imagination only goes so far. We need real life situations and experiences to work off of sometimes. Adventures to fuel the passion we have to write.

My family and I just returned home from a great mini vacation in Austin, Texas. I’ve got so many new ideas floating around in my head now, I can’t wait to write them down. As the article pointed out, I needed to get reconnected with my body and quit letting my brain have all the fun. LOL I get it. So this is the reason for my procrastination and poor productivity. Never thought of it like that, but I have to agree. After a few days by the pool, fun with the kids, and a tour of our states capital I’ve got one heck of an endorphin boost and my head is so clear and ready to play again. It must have something to do with the fresh air and getting oxygen to those tired cells up there. :)

From now on, I’m promising myself to schedule more time for these little outings. Writing is about creating after all. What better way than to experience all the wonders of nature or discover new and intriguing characteristics of “real” people. You know the ones. Those who inspire us because they are not afraid to let their personalities shine.

Now I’m not saying I’m ready to go skydiving or test my endurance by running a marathon or anything like that. But I do intend to start trying new things and quit letting the fear of the unknown control my actions. I’m ready to be inspired on a weekly basis. The feeling is just too amazing to let slip by.