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Have you tried “plein air” writing?

Writing outdoors is one of my favorite things to do at this time of year.

Writing outdoors is one of my favorite things to do at this time of year.

The seasonal weather of New England makes all the more precious the dry, temperature-perfect sunny days of spring/early summer. Although I am a purist in many ways, I do not do my creative writing by hand, ink on paper. I love the speed that is possible with my fingers tapping on a keyboard.  I am addicted to the ease of endless editing that is made possible with the cut-and-paste function and backspace and delete keys.

Being outdoors with my flowers and the birds and trees is inspiration all on its own. And the momentary visit of a hummingbird, who I felt before I saw him — twice! — , was nothing short of thrilling.

I highly recommend writing “plein air”, just as the painters do, when at all possible. Of course, my laptop battery requires regular recharging, but the benefits of writing outdoors far outweigh the logistical challenge of finding an electrical outlet within range.

Where do you like to write? What is your favorite creativity scenario?

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  • Melanie June 8, 2009, 8:39 pm

    One of my best writing experiences was renting a house overlooking the ocean for a week. It was just myself and the salt air. Perfect!

    My other favourite place to write is on a long train trip – by hand, I usually find the laptop a bit clumsy on the train. There is something about the rhythm of the train and the changing scenery that gets the creative writing juices flowing for me.

  • beth June 8, 2009, 4:38 am

    Interesting article…Nice blog