Saturday, October 16, 2010

Go Outside

Since moving back home in Wyoming, where I went to high school as one parent lives in Utah while other parent lives in Wyoming, I don't leave the house much. While this may seem useful for writing it can also create a mood that isn't very creative. My big bit of advice for today (thought of two other topics on the way to Utah for a visit) is this:

Go Outside

(Image by Natalie Dee @

Isn't it cute? See, even outside misses us when we don't go there. ;-)

One reason I don't mind the drive from southeastern Wyoming to northern Utah is that I get to go outside (to my car) and then see all kinds of stuff on my way. It's only a 7-ish hour drive but across most of southern Wyoming and then a portion of northern Utah. There are bits of flat terrain (odd, I know, lol), plenty of fields, a few hills, some canyons and almost always wind. Antelope/deer and cows are common fair along the side of the road in the different fields and canyons though I've seen a fox or two before. There are a few things that made this trip enjoyable.

No snow yet. Last year, it snowed at the end of September. This year we haven't had any yet and it's getting close to Halloween. oooo  The trees were turning fall colors, and that's always nice to see when winding through a canyon.

I saw a beautiful display of birds in flight dealing with the wind.

There were close to 100 birds in flight over a field of dried corn stalks. Once upon a time they had been green, before harvest, but now they stood in golden formation as wind swept across the land. The flock was spread out, combing over the land. Like waves heading towards a distant shore, birds would dip down, almost grazing the tips of corn husks before drifting up again. Each bird got a turn to crash down toward the land before swooping up to reach a whitecap level peak and then the process could be repeated as the wing patterns demanded.

Okay. Probably could write that better and eliminate a few passive moments, but you get the idea. Really cool moment with birds flying over a dry corn field.  But writing natural elements into say, an epic fantasy novel, is a little easier to do if someone actually goes out in nature once in awhile. City elements feel more realistic after having dealt with a city, so forth and so on.

The other thing the trip did was give me time to think about writing. 7 hours to think about writing and now I have 3 blog posts to do and some thoughts for nanowrimo. So, once you've gone outside and gotten a little fresh air (or smog, depending location) then go back inside and Write!


Ariana Richards said...

I'm going to link to you again today once I get my blog post up...but only because you started off on a similar note as my thoughts.

And I'm really bummed so far this fall that we haven't had a lot of precipitation in Salt Lake. It's gray today, and about twenty degrees warmer than it has I'm hoping for like...two or three days of solid rain and snow.

Dawn Embers said...

Ariana - Thanks for the link. Always makes me feel special. I was living in Utah for a few years and either had limited weather or way too much snow. Holy goodness we had a ton of snow in Ogden one year. Bet this year in wyoming we get more snow in spring then winter. It happens like that sometimes.

L'Aussie said...

Woohoo i love this description of your drive. So exotic to me driving around Oz. I agree. Sometimes you've just gotta leave the computer. One of the rules/suggestions for NaNo is to write in 15 min. spurts. As a teacher we learned that students can only concentrate for 20 mins tops..:)

Dawn Embers said...

L'Aussie - that makes sense. With the Write of Die program, I found if I did anything over fifteen minutes I had a harder time writing for that long. I like to go slow in general, with the occasional sprint to help move thing along and see just how fast I am capable of in a short amount of time. Oh, and thanks. :-)