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Monday, October 3, 2011

A New Perspective

Tonight's blog is not directly related to writing, but it certainly could be. Today my partner and I went for a hike to check out a new trail that's been lauded as being great for sight seeing. Honestly, I wasn't sure I could do it. I have fibromyalgia, and this summer has not been kind to me. It was 2.5 miles from the nearest town to the scenic bridge (our goal) and then half a mile across the bridge. And it's been six or seven months since he and I have gone on our regular walks.

However, we decided to start slow, do what we can, and just see how far we got. My first surprise was reaching the bridge and going "we've actually gone over two miles?" My next was standing on the bridge, looking over the river basin, and realizing that there is such beauty, not only in my state, but so close to where I live.

It quickly changed my perspective. I was awed and humbled at all the same time, that so close to big cities there was this lovely walking path, designed for stopping and sight seeing, and the vistas that looked like something out of Middle Earth. Iowa wasn't supposed to look this beautiful, was it? LOL!

If we tie this into writing, since we are all day, all night writing divas, I think not only is it important for us as authors to try things that we're not quite sure we can do (after all, how can we grow as writers?), and that we can find beauty in the most mundane of scenes. All it takes is a little walk, and a change in our perspective.


  1. Great advice, Mary! Taking small steps eventually leads to big steps... or major accomplishments. :))

  2. Well said - we should always be aware of new perspectives for more creativity in our writing. Same old, same old, gets boring. Branching out, a step at a time, keeps creative juices flowing.


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