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Published on September 17th, 2013 | by Pat


Writer’s Block? Just Get Outside…

Carol Kaufman, of the New York Times, posted a worthwhile  entry to’s writing blog, Draft, about the benefits of taking your creative impulses outside. Here’s part of what she had to say:

I stumbled upon my ideal writing conditions quite by accident. When a particularly troublesome set of captions for a National Geographic story I was working on was causing me conniptions — that yellow-bordered magazine takes those captions pretty seriously — I charged out of the house and down to the Potomac River, with notes, photograph photocopies and pen in hand. I planted myself at a picnic table, stared at the water and let my brain go all mushy. I relaxed my eyes, focusing on nothing.

Writing became easier. Words that were locked in the brain vault appeared. I saw the bigger picture, the story waiting to be told.

Read all of Carol’s thoughts on writing outside.

How about you? Does getting outside help your creative process? Leave a comment and let us know!

Or, take a look at the huge variety of outdoor writing available from our pals at Menasha Ridge Press and Wilderness Press.

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is happiest when he's on the move, whether by foot, pedal, or some other form of alternative transportation. Hiking, biking, camping, and rock climbing demand his outdoor attention at all times. Now, as editor and contributor to, they demand his indoor attention, as well.

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