Get Outside of the Box

So many writers stick to topics that they are comfortable with but after sticking to the topic for a long period of time, their writing may become dull with out them noticing.

It is important for writers to go outside of their comfort zone. A good writing exercise could be:

1. Get outside. Observe things that you pass everyday without actually taking a moment to appreciate them. Notice its’ details. We tend to walk by things everyday with out even taking a second to actually look at it. Everyone is so wrapped up into their phones that the tend to miss the world around them.

2. Talk to strangers. I know, Mom and Dad always told us to “never talk to strangers!” when we were kids, but now that it has been pounded into our brains, as adults, we tend to not talk to anyone we don’t know. By doing this, we are missing out on so many potential new relationships.

Go outside. Talk to different people. Experience different things! By doing this, you will have more to writer about and a better understanding for topics outside of your comfort zone.

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3 thoughts on “Get Outside of the Box

  1. Allison Miehl April 21, 2015 / 5:22 am

    One of the first things I learned in my first journalism class was to be courageous and get outside your comfort zone. This is where the best story ideas come from. It’s impossible to learn about the world if you only stay in your neighborhood and talk to the same people for your whole life. Obviously, you have to be cautious and aware of your surroundings, but don’t let fear get in the way of discovering new things!

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  2. jesslangone April 21, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    I think so many people, not just writers, can benefit from going out and doing this. As a writer, it is imperative to be constantly engaged with people and to understand the world around you because writing, good writing, attempts to explain these things in ways that others relate to. Getting to know different people helps with creating believable characters. Listening to the way other people speak, how they converse, their motions when interacting with you- all these things help with understanding human characteristics.

    Also, going out to explore new areas can help with descriptions of scenery. Paying attention to the feelings of a new area, thinking about new places with new eyes- paying attention to specifics about the surroundings- helps get the mind in a more creative mode of thinking. This advice is a great thing for people who think good writing is a solitary and confining act.

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  3. allenrowan2015 April 21, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    I really agree with you here. Too many writers stick to the same material that it becomes less enjoyable to write. Suddenly it’s routine, and the pieces become dull and lack creativity. It’s extremely beneficial to find sources of inspiration in order to spark something new and interesting. Comfort zones are limiting and can act as a major setback. Escaping them allows writers to expand their horizons and perhaps find something to write about that they find more pleasing than the same old stuff they were writing before.

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