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What we'll do in the name of writing....

Cheryl's Musings: What we'll do in the name of writing....

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What we'll do in the name of writing....

Disclaimer: This is a sort-of continuation of Thursday's post, so if you're confused, don't blame me :).

That are ten ideas for how you might stretch yourself this summer:

  1. Spend a week traveling in a country where you don't speak the language. (Obviously, but I had to recommend it.)

  2. For the fantasy writer: learn pottery, archery, sword making, paper-making, or another craft that might be useful to your fantasy character.

  3. Jump out of an airplane (with supervision and a parachute, of course.)

  4. Learn to ride a horse, sail a boat, or raise emus.

  5. Provide a home for an assistance dog-in-training.

  6. Learn to sail a boat.

  7. Volunteer somewhere you usually wouldn't. Like China or Haiti.

  8. Take lifeguard training.

  9. Sleep outside under the stars.

  10. Hike the Appalachian trail.

And in case you're not convinced, take a look at Dick Francis's books. Each of his characters has a different profession and half the book involves learning about it. Or check out Alane Ferguson's Forensic Mystery series or Elizabeth Wrenn's Around the Next Corner. To various degrees, these awesome writers all lived their research. When we let ourselves meet life-changing experiences, we gain the insight to write about characters who do the same.

:) Cheryl

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At May 28, 2008 at 10:42 AM , Blogger Yat-Yee said...

I tried something new this morning: put my left arm into my jacket before my right arm: and I couldn't do it!

At May 29, 2008 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

Oh, that's funny! I fear I haven't been following my own advice this week--too busy with writing assignments--but I'll be sure to tackle something interesting in June :).


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