The wind has been whipping through much of Southern California this week, knocking down trees, sparking wildfires and stirring up dust and dirt everywhere.
While most of us complain about our sore eyes and allergies, there is something that can be said for a good, blustery wind.
It lifts things, moves them around and when all is said and done — the world has something of a new look.
This can be especially helpful in our writing.
When our scribbling souls grow stagnant and it seems as though there is nowhere to turn for a new insight or idea, seek the wind.
Literally and metaphorically, a solid breeze will sweep away the cobwebs, shake up the brain cells and breathe new life into your narrative.
Here’s a writing tip — step outside or open your windows today.
Inhale the invigorating air that blows there. Let it silence your mind and all the chatter that has been wracking your soul, then replace it with something fresh and new with a quick, stream-of-consciousness writing exercise.
Care nothing for spelling or grammar or sentence structure — just write.
What ideas do you find there? Where can this new direction take you?