Happy January! Honestly, I think this month (along with December) is the fastest moving month of the year. Really, I still don’t know what happened to the entire month of December. Nor do I know what’s happened to January, at this point. But you know what’s really cool? I’m back in the RADblog for the next few weeks! So, now that we’ve reached the end of our January series, it’s just you and me for February.
This month, since it’s January, we’ve been talking about resolutions.
More than that, we’ve been about resolutions for writers.
But we took it one step further.
We talked about resolutions for writers, which have nothing to do with writing.
Why? Because as writers, it’s good for us to get out and do things, to see the world through a new lens (or two, or three, or four). So, this month, this beautifully chilly January, let’s talk about some things you can resolve to do this year, which have nothing to do with writing—but that I believe will help expand your writing career.
They’re also all things I’ve personally tried, so you know I’m not just talking. And we’re down to the last one.
This is, perhaps, the best thing you can do, as a writer. You need to get out there and do some exploring. Especially if you’re writing about the real world, you need to know what the world looks like. But even if you’re not, even if you’re a sci-fi writer and you create your own worlds out of nothing, you need to know what they look like—and the real world is a good place to find some inspiration.
You, my dear writer, live in a real world, with real things to do. And if, by now, you still haven’t decided what hobby you’ll take up this year, I challenge you to this one.
This year, make sure you get out and do some stuff. Get off your desk chair and start exploring the world around you. Stop sitting around in your time off, complaining about how tired you are. You sat down all day, how tired can you be? It’s time you started doing something, don’t you think?
Wanderlust is everywhere. Why not in you?
You, my dear writer, know very well what good exploring does for your writer soul. It expands it, it teaches it all the things it never knew it wanted to know. It shows you that the world is a much bigger place than what you’ve made it out to be. It helps you portray cultures through your writing, shows you how to create contrast between light and dark, teaches how the world really works, in ways you’d never imagined.
You, my dear writer, have much yet to learn.
Don’t we all? Every writer worth their snuff, knows that the learning is never done. No writing is ever perfect. No writer is, either. There’s always more to learn, and the best place to learn it is in the world around you.
So get out of your office, out of your house. Don’t just watch these places on television and imagine what they must be like. Go there. Go for a walk in the park (or in your neighborhood). Go to a part of town you’ve never been to before. Get outside the city, in the middle of the night, and look up at the Milky Way. Take a vacation to somewhere you’ve never been before. Get your passport and see where it takes you. Expand your mind, grow into a person you didn’t think you could be.
You, my dear writer, my dear, introverted writer, have much still to learn. And exploring the world is one of the best ways to do it.
Get out there, my friend. Go exploring. Open your mind to new possibilities, new options, new creations you’ve yet to consider.
If you take up but one hobby this year, though I implore you to dance, to create beautiful art, to cook, I urge you to explore. Even if all you can do is open your door and step outside into your own city.
Explore. Discover. And create.
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