You may have come to this page from a recent blog post or a Google search and maybe you’ve wondered:
What is this ‘Write Anywhere’ business?
When I first revived my writing dreams in 2009, I began taking little outings to get outside of the house. It was too easy to find something at home to help me procrastinate over writing projects, like dirty dishes, laundry, or whatever distraction I could involve myself with college-age kids still at home. I’d usually end up at the library, or maybe a local coffeehouse. Being a natural introvert with a lovely case of panic disorder, I didn’t want to stray too far from my comfort zone.
With more outings came more inspiration, and more courage to push past the panic symptoms. Although I didn’t escape to exotic locales, I could still be energized and gather ideas through observation and breaking out of the everyday for a different point of view.
Author Julia Cameron calls this an ‘Artist’s Date’ and uses this as one of several concepts in her books to help other creatives break down the blocks to their best creative self. She says in The Artist’s Way:
“An artist date is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, especially set aside and committed to nurturing your inner artist… Doing your artist date, you are receiving – opening yourself to insight, inspiration, guidance.”
Ideas are the seeds of creativity, and those seeds come from interacting with life – reading books, listening to music, experiencing life. An idea may come from an overheard conversation, the sound of water in a creek, or allowing yourself the solitude to hear what’s going on deep inside.
Choreographer Twyla Tharpe calls this gathering of ideas ’scratching’. She shares in her book The Creative Habit,
“You can’t just dance or paint or write or sculpt. Those are just verbs. You need a tangible idea to get you going. The idea, however minuscule, is what turns the verb into a noun – paint into a painting, sculpt into sculpture, write into writing, dance into a dance….I call it scratching.”
She also says that this scratching can come in many forms, and going somewhere else than where you usually are is one of them. “The act of changing your environment is the scratch.”
When I started this blog in 2011, I didn’t know anything about Artist’s Dates or scratching or gathering ideas from my environment and experiences. I just knew I wanted to write, and going different places inspired and empowered me. Sometimes I write, sometimes I don’t, but I always learn something new about my writing and about myself. Thus began my personal challenge to Write Anywhere.
Will you join me?
My adventures run the gamut from ordinary to creative to exciting to a little on the strange side. Get some ideas for your own creative rendezvous to fill your artistic well. Check in here on the blog or on our Facebook page and tell us where you find creative inspiration.
Find my past adventures on the Write Anywhere Adventures page.