Sometimes all it takes to get the old brain buzzing again is a move to a different environment.
Libraries – Most libraries have computers available for use. The catch is you have to work in one-hour increments but sometimes an hour’s all it takes to refresh your spirit. While you’re there check out the magazines and newspapers. They’re a great source of inspiration. In fact, I make it a point to read the paper every morning before I start writing because you never know what’s happening in the world that might be relevant for your readers.
A Friend’s Home – I have a friend who lives just around the corner and he and I typically spend a couple of days a month working at each other’s homes. We don’t work on anything together but sometimes it’s just nice having someone else in the same room. Maybe it’s a “Misery Loves Company” thing.
Local Diners/Coffee Houses – I enjoy getting out to the neighborhood coffee shop once a week or so and I have a favorite diner, too. It makes me feel like one of those troubled writers in the old black and white movies. But it also gives me an opportunity to connect with some of the locals and see what’s going on in the real world.
Different Rooms In Your Home – Sometimes I work at my desk all day long and I’m fine. Other days, I spend a couple of hours working in the bedroom, then I move to the living room, then the kitchen, then the deck outside if the weather’s warm enough. Get yourself a wireless modem and a laptop so you can work anywhere you’re comfortable.
I’ll admit, it sometimes takes some getting used to when you blog in different environments. The first few times I worked outside my home I forgot my power cord or my thumb drive. Little things, but it can be difficult to work without them. The biggest challenge is finding a reliable Internet connection. But I’ve solved that problem, too.
If it’s within your budget I highly recommend hooking up with a mobile Internet service provider. I purchased a mid-range USB card for a one-time fee of $60 and I pay $30 a month for mobile service. With this card I can go anywhere and never have to worry about getting online. Providers, service packages and rates vary from region to region and a 4G connection is typically much cheaper than 3G, even though it’s faster.
A change in environment doesn’t mean you have to pack up your home and move to another country. It doesn’t even have to permanent. It doesn’t even have to last more than a few hours. Just move to another room, or head out to the library. Any break from your normal routine will stimulate your mind and get you back in the blogging mood again.