A Change of Scenery

On those days when the delete button seems to be the most prominent key I hit during my writing, I know it’s time for a change of scenery. I have learned, the hard way, not to beat myself up about the lack of words on a page and try to be proactive by tapping into other creative activities to stimulate my mind. 

Sometimes, I’ll play my piano and other times I will take my camera out and about. I am not the best photographer in the world, I just click and see what happens, but the images bring about a sense of satisfaction and create opportunities for reflection: and quite often provokes new writing ideas.


My favourite place to visit is Bad Münstereifel; a pretty, historic town near where I live. Just sauntering through the streets and capturing its beauty, which changes with the seasons, seems to relax my mind.  I particularly like this place as it reminds me of home, with its traditional English red telephone and post box. The main point for me is to use other creative outlets in order to stimulate my writing head and diminish the use of that dreaded delete key. Just because our writing has stalled, it doesn’t mean that our creativity is null and void.


Upon my return from my last 'creative awareness' outing (last week), I sat down and began to flick through my latest copy of Writer's Forum and guess what? I found a published letter from me! I was thrilled to bits. Perseverance and being proactive, does pay off (when you least expect it).


I would be interested to hear how you tackle those ‘dark days’ and whether or not you also tap into other creative areas when the writing has temporarily gone astray.

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  1. Definitely go out. Russell Grant once said in a horoscope that if things aren't working out for you go goof around. I am now an expert in this.

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    1. I'll keep practising :) Thanks, Lynne.

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  2. I think doing something else instead is very sensible when writing is a struggle. Generally I have several projects on the go, so if one doesn't inspire me, I can try another or do some editing, or just format, print and stuff into envelopes as there are plenty of writing related tasks which don't involve new writing.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Patsy. This week I am struggling with a fluey type thing so my concentration isn't at its usual level. Today, I'm going to lie in bed and write Christmas cards :) At least it is still putting words on a page.

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  3. I'm the same as you - even if I don't have a 'big project' on the go, I feel that blogging keeps my hand in and keeps me looking for things to say.

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    1. Exactly, Fran. I am thoroughly enjoying the blogging community and have 'met' some wonderful and inspiring people.

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  4. I think it's always best to be kind to yourself and do something you love, especially if it can be writing-related. I find reading is helpful and a change of scenery, even a brief one, is perfect for tipping everything back into perspective again.

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  5. I agree, Joanna. I have even been known to bake a cake, photograph each stage and write the recipe as I go. Just for fun and a break from the keyboard. Of course, I don't eat it myself :):) (well, maybe a small slithering :))

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  6. Lovely photos

    I wish I knew how to cope with those dark days. I've got a beloved pup with cancer. Her bad days just tear me up, and there's no accomplishing anything, but laying about giving her love.

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  7. Sorry to hear of your poorly pup. It's heartbreaking. I wish her lots of love and painfree days.

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  8. A change of scenery is often the right cure. I would love to see Bad Münstereifel! The pictures you shared are lovely.

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    1. Thanks for popping by Chrys. If you ever get the chance, it is well worth a visit. Summer is wonderful and I have spent many an hour sitting, mulling and writing by the stream (obviously in a café that offers delicious, sweet, mind enhancing cakes :)).

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  9. Great post! Yes, taking a break from what you're doing and changing your surroundings is a great way to come back with a fresh perspective.

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    1. Thank you for popping by and making a comment, Julie. Lovely to see you.

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  10. A bike ride generally does it for me.

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    1. HI Keith. I've got a bike. It looks lovely. Let's leave it at that, shall we? :):)

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  11. Enjoyed your post and the photographs. I agree with you. I think getting out and about does clear your mind and help unblock it. I'm lucky enough to live in a gorgeous place - Llandudno in North Wales, which has wonderful walks and stunning scenery and also holds many happy memories for me. I take my writing out with me sometimes - do you do that?

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    1. Hi Sue, I spent many wonderful times in North Wales, as a child. What a lovely place to live. I always take a note pad and numerous pens out with me wherever I go. My handbag checklist: Purse (for coffee), pens, note pad, phone (for photos), driviing license, keys. Thank you for your comment, Sue.

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    2. Of course, I meant driving - and not driviiiiing :)

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  12. Hey, that's very cool!
    I turn to music. I'm a guitarist, so either playing or listening will recharge me.

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    1. Music is a great resource for energy boosting, tension relief and generally giving the soul a good 'ole lift. Thank you for popping over, Alex.

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  13. I generally concentrate on social media when I am struggling to progress on my WIP. The problem is that can be very time consuming and can be a good tool for procrastination!! Love the pics btw!!

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    1. Thank you for popping by and commenting, Pat. You are welcome to procrastinate here anytime :)

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  14. Well done, I can understand the excitement of finding your writing has arrived somewhere.

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    1. It's a thrill and a step in the right direction. Thank you for your comment and for popping by, Hilary. Lovely to 'meet' you.

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  15. Crazy that my last post was about just such days. I'm not out of the woods yet, but you know what, there's always sunlight peeking in, if you're willing to see it :)

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    1. Exactly. On days, we may have to squint really hard to see that spark in the distance but perseverance and sheer determination pays off in the end and hopefully in the not so distant future that light will shine brightly on both of us. Good Luck! And thank you so much for your comment and for popping by. Lovely to meet you.

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  16. On those dark days when the creative spark has been snuffed out, walking and listening to music helps. Thanks to you, and those who have commented, for reminding me we all have those dark days.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Jen. Isn't it funny how we seem to 'walk alone' during those murky times? But I have found that as a community, writers are extremely supportive of each other and it is perfectly okay to share our woes as well as our successes. All the very best, Jen.

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