Lose the Writer’s Rut with Travel

aloha-colorful-flowers-pictureAloha and Hello Fellow Writers,

Whether you have the chance to travel, or are content to explore Utah’s unique locales, summer is a terrific time to find new favorite places. Go see new sights, taste new flavors, and try new things. Adventure awaits you!

It is too easy to fall into a rut with the same schedule, same routine, and same favorite eateries. However, the brain thrives on change. Every time you experience something new, the brain must create new pathways to process the experience. These pathways open up new and different thinking patterns, which, in turn, can fuel greater creativity. It also can give a greater sense of fulfillment, because you can proudly say, “Hey, I’ve tried that!”

Contemplating trying new things will open up a different palette of sensations and emotions. The greatest one of these is fear. What if you won’t like it? What if it’s boring, or too loud? Well, what if? Unless it’s physically dangerous, or you are allergic to it, do it anyway. Take your fear by both hands and tell it who’s boss. There is something to be learned, even from experiences we don’t enjoy.

One of the most prevalent emotions for fictional characters to experience is fear. You’ll write about it much better if you allow yourself to experience it from time to time.

I’m eager to hear about all the marvelous and scary things you find along the way!

Yours in the craft!


About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, will be published November 2018 by Immortal Works Press. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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