Writing Exercise: Change it up

Ever feel uninspired and stuck and the task of writing is no longer a pleasure but a chore?  This exercise is just for you.

This is it:

Go somewhere new to write

That’s it.  That’s all there is.  We are creatures of habit and it is all too easy to sit down at the same desk in the same room and try to write the same thing.  While having a regular writing habit is one of the best ways of ensuring that the work will continue to move forward, every once in a while it’s fun to shake things up a bit.  Change makes our minds work in different ways and encourages new thoughts and connections.  By writing in a new place we are providing change, which stimulates the mind.

Not all places are for all people.  Some writers thrive on hustle and bustle, some on quiet.  Some need music, some can’t think when it’s on. If anything, writing in a new place will help you figure out what kind of writer you are.

Ever imagine what it’s like to write in a cosy coffee shop or in the corner of a library?  Now would be a perfect time to plan a special time to go.  Some other great places to try are park pavilions (assuming your weather is better than mine), campgrounds, and even shopping malls.

Where will your writing take you today?


Maybe it would be a good idea to find a place without wi-fi.


About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, was published in November 2018 and rereleased in Jan 2020. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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10 Responses to Writing Exercise: Change it up

  1. Hi Jodi. I recently began following you, and am enjoying your insight. I have never worked on a project outside my home (you made me realize). I have, however, found that music can sometimes help set the mood I was looking for when writing.

  2. ericjbaker says:

    Does the library mind me borrowing their electricity?

  3. Dianne Seckler says:

    where did you find?

    • Jodi says:

      I’m a bit limited on a day to day basis with baby D at home, but I’ve attended a writing retreat and enjoyed working along side other terrific writers.

  4. vipmgt says:

    I agree, where you write definitely helps set the mood. I wish I could escape to a friend’s old, historic estate in the country – like the writers in the movies, order a case of red wine and vodka, fresh roses or lillies, imported cheese from Italy and imported figs from Egypt (with the occasional Larosa’s delivery) and come up with my best writing project yet (like in the movies)!

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