Show Notes:

In this episode I look at two contradictions which are equally true: It is good to have a sacred, set-aside place to pursue your creative work, and it is also good to force yourself into a change of scenery, especially if you are blocked or stymied.

00:38 Intro

02:00 Planning, thinking, or talking about a book does not make a book. Writing does.

03:15 Goal setting and prioritizing in order to keep creative endeavors on task.

04:55 If you don’t have deadlines (from an editor/agent or in a class) you have to find a way to impose self-accountability.

05:45 My procrastination manifests as “doing some other work” besides the hard thing or the difficult thing to write. (Includes a “throw back Thursday” to my college days…)

07:15 I don’t have external pressure, or imposed deadlines, for most of the creative work I most want to do.

07:45 Goal setting, and writing down specific, measurable expectations, is a way to have some accountability. I’m self-imposing deadlines, so another year doesn’t slip by.

08:55 Evaluating what went wrong last year is important.

09:50 Today’s topic is: A Change of Scenery

10:15 Two contradictory pieces of advice: 1) Have a set-aside space where you go to write, and 2) a change of scenery can be important to your creative vision.

10:30 The “sacred space” concept of writing is very beneficial. This is where you go so the Muse knows where to find you. (Including different concepts of “sacred space”.)

14:20 The sacred space isn’t the ONLY place to write, but ritualizing and normalizing our writing habits have positive benefits.

15:27 There is also great benefit of mixing things up: somewhere public, somewhere new, take a retreat, apply for a writing residency, or be willing to write while on vacation.

18:26 Being in a new place allows us to see with new eyes.

19:50 Thanks for listening, please give me some feedback about this episode or any questions or topics you’d like to hear more about. Use the links below to contact me. Help spread the word by sharing this podcast with others, subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher, and rate or review if you can.

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Podcast Episode 16: A Change of Scenery