EDITOR'S PIECE OF MIND
NOTE TO READERS:
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Writers Union of Canada. Please take this information under
advisement if you are considering to submit your work to this press.
BACK IN THE SADDLE
I've been out west for two weeks, visiting relatives.
I've also been out of my bed, away from my trusty
computer, functioning on smartphones and laptops in a
pinch. I traveled 2200 miles by car with one night in
motel, arriving home at 6 AM to catch three hours'
sleep before tending to past-due tasks.
But we have priorities. Mine includes sitting at a computer
with red-rimmed eyes and a foggy brain from five hours'
sleep in 45 hours. Funny how stepping outside a routine
can make you appreciate what's really important, what can
wait, and what you can't wait to get back to.
Everyone needs to take a road trip once or twice a year.
Doesn't have to be far, but the further the better. You
want to get out of your comfort zone and into someone elses.
This way you can "see" life in a different light. You open
up your imagination and educate your senses. You realize
that there's more to write about than what you knew.
I met and revisited with family, friends and acquaintances
and was reminded that not everyone sees life through the
same eyes. Standing in the Venetian Casino in downtown
Las Vegas, after having enjoyed a marvelous presentation of
Phantom of the Opera, I watched a cross-section of tourists
wander through the wide, marbled halls.
I craved a notebook in my hand. The dress, the hair, shoes
and even eyeglasses spoke so many languages. The stances
and the walks. I could have written a hundred character
descriptions that evening, each remarkably unique.
Characters that never would have crossed my mind otherwise.
I wanted to take so many pictures!
We often get stifled in our creative genius when we sit
in the same room writing, staring at the same window,
wall, table and chair. The very setting I passionately
missed provides me with stability and comfort, but over
months of daily writing sessions in the same environment,
one's imagination tends to lag.
I dare you to enter a realm you've never visited before,
maybe even outside your comfort zone. Stop and eat in a
seedy diner. Gas up at a genuine truck stop, where the drivers
take a number and wait to be called for an open shower in the
back. Attend the ballet. Bait your own hook and clean your
own catch. Whatever . . . step outside of yourself.
This is how you tickle your muse into grand ideas.
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