Kaufman: Go Outside!

Carol Kaufman (2013) has some good advice for writers: go outside!  Take your notes, your laptop, even good old pen-and-paper, and find a comfortable spot in the great outdoors.  You may find that your writing comes easier. Reasons for this include:

  • Connecting with nature helps banish mental fatigue and sharpen attention.
  • Nature stimulates the senses.
  • Distractions, especially technological distractions, are reduced.

Of course, not everyone has the opportunity or the luxury to just find a spot outdoors for writing.  There may be barriers of time, access, weather, and obligations to work or family. But, writers can change their perspective by changing their place. Writers can also exercise some control over distractions: shut off devices or wear ear plugs, for example.

Kaufman, C. (2013, September 16). Time to write? Go outside. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/16/time-to-write-go-outside/#more-149015