A writer’s mind is consistently crammed with thoughts and ideas—our own and those of the characters we’ve created—and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The idea of a silent mind terrifies me. But sometimes those thoughts and ideas get jumbled up with the stresses of real life and it’s necessary to retreat and rejuvenate. The best way for me to do this is to get out into nature and breathe. It really is that simple for me. A hike, no matter the weather, no matter the distance, is exactly what I need to free my head of whatever is in there mucking up the messages the Muse is trying to relay to me.
I’m grateful to live in Akron in New York—a tiny village with a gigantic nature heart, Akron Falls Park. The park is my go-to escape. Accompanied by a soundtrack that fits my mood (thank you Napster), I trudge out into the “wild” of the park and take in its beauty, remembering to breathe along the way. Soon I can hear my characters again, and I feel ready and inspired to get down on paper what they’re telling me.
The weather this past weekend was beautiful. High temperatures near sixty degrees and endless sunshine. I am not a professional photographer, but I do enjoy finding beauty in unlikely places—like a creek bed in February in Western New York.