I can't remember who I was speaking with the other day (if it's you, raise your hand), but we were talking about writing environment and what was needed in order to be in the zone. Several physical things were listed. For me, it's a window. As long as I have an opening to the outside world, I can write.
But then I started thinking. (gasp!) Yes, your physical environment can affect your writing, but what about mentally?
Yes, of course your mental environment is just as important (if not more so) to producing great work. Balance is the key right?
Sometimes. I've done posts where I've shared that if I'm down, or angry, the positive results show. I'm able to spout off words that wouldn't have come if I hadn't have taken advantage of that emotion.
But as a whole? Yes. I need that mental balance. Those strong emotional writing bursts are great, but only last so long. Hence my theory that you can write at all times, regardless of your mental status. ***but that's another blog post***
I wanted to share some things that help clean my mental slate. Things that keep me in line. (in no order of importance! LOL)
1. Nature. I need air. To get outside and feel alive. There's something about the outdoors that reconnects oneself... that simplifies life and puts things in perspective. Me with number 3 taken a couple months ago at the Grand Canyon-->
2. Music. My music tastes differ GREATLY. I was raised very classical. My favorite period being the Baroque period--so I love everything from Bach to my fav band ever: MUSE!!! *swoons*
3. Hubby. No words necessary. He's everything. Him climbing at Yosemite. Pretty sweet, eh? ----->
4. Dance. I have a love of all things dance. The world, the sweat, pain, beauty, all of it.
<----Special shout out to my sis. Isn't she awesome?
When I have these things balanced, I write better. I'm fascinated with how people tick. What kind of mental or physical organization do you need in order to produce your best work? I'd love to know your thoughts.
Red. Head. Out. :D