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A writer's guide to wild writing by Natasha Carthew

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What writers can get out of disconnecting from the wired world and how being in nature can revitalise your work

We spend our lives looking through screens; laptops, phones, windows, the TV screen, we are mere bystanders in life, but writing outside brings many benefits, here a just a few which I teach as part of my Wild Writing Workshop, writes Natasha Carthew.

• We stop being bystanders and become part of the world.
• We clear our heads, focus and set our minds free.
• Writing outside means no distractions from your day to day life – switch off your phone or, even better, leave it at home.
• The outside world provides more inspiration than you could ever find indoors.
• The great outdoors helps with writer’s block – it takes you outside yourself.
• Wild writing stimulates your senses. Makes you feel alive, refreshed, connected.
• Opens your mind, that problem you had sitting at your desk no longer seems so bad, you can see the bigger picture and find a way through/around/over.
• Fresh air and exercise clears your head and opens you up to new experiences.
• You see, hear, smell things you might not have noticed before. Writing outside gives you a new perspective.
• Outside writing evokes memories and this is great for creative writing.
• The outdoors provides you with new ideas for setting, plot, characters, they are all around you.
• You experience the elements; you no longer have to imagine what it might feel like to be hot, wet, freezing cold etc.
• When you write outside you no longer think about writing, but merely start to write.

All Rivers Run Free by Natasha Carthew is published by riverrun.

 

 

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