Sitting at a computer staring at a blank screen can kill your creativity. I know. I simply can’t write my first drafts on a computer.
Instead, I take my journal out of doors up on a hill looking across to Mount Tamalpais in the distance. Here, the wind brushes against me, birds sing from the thickets, and the warm sun enters my bones.
In nature’s embrace, my senses are awakened. I feel certain that something new and unexpected is going to fly onto the page, just as surely as I am surprised by the sudden appearance of a Pileated woodpecker swooping and sirening as it flies across the valley.
So next time you’re stuck, step outside. There’s a whole wild world out there that can help to inspire you and fire your creativity. At the very least, you may discover, as John Muir wrote, “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
Try this: Find a quiet place in nature and simply sit and breathe quietly for a while. Notice the quality of the light, the temperature, the fragrances and sounds. Let all your senses awaken to the moment. Then, and only then, pick up your pen and write.
Join me for a writing retreat, August 15 to 19, at the Far Horizons Retreat Center in Sequoia National Monument. This is an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in your creativity surrounded by mountain peaks, flowing rivers, and giant sequoia trees. Our writing group will be the only people at the center, and so you’ll truly experience the silence and majesty of this amazing place. What’s more, it’s amazingly affordable. Just $150 for my workshop, plus as little as $36 a day (including three meals) for camping. There are also cabins and other accommodations available. Plus, if you use the code WILD, you get a further 10% off your stay.