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Weird places to create

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Creative people are supposed to be eccentric. At least, that’s what we’re told. Still, the fact that one member of our team wrote nearly the entire first draft of a novel in her parked car seemed pretty weird to her.

But it worked. And she kept at it, and now it’s done. 

Not everybody has the Perfect Writing Spot or the Perfect Space for Creativity. In our heads, we’re “supposed” to, but when we don’t it makes us feel a little off at best and an all-out fraud at worst.

However, we at Brodie Media are convinced that the best place to create is the place where your work gets done, no matter what that looks like. Over the years, we’ve heard of some unusual creation-places. We say, “Bravo.” 

Here are some of our favorite alternative writing/creativity zones:

The car

For some of us, the car is the only space where we are truly and completely alone. So why not turn that into your own private creative haven? It’s worked for a couple of authors we know, for sure.

In a tree

We always hear about great book characters sneaking off to read away the afternoon nestled in the branch of a tree. So why is it surprising that some writers like to pen said books there, too?  Trees are peaceful, solitary, and inspiring for many people. While we think it might be a tad awkward (and unsafe) to hoist your laptop up with you, why not tote a journal and a couple pens and let nature unleash your creative beast?.

On a subway/train/bus

Plenty of people like to write in coffee shops, citing the buzz of energy as a creative driver. Is it that much of a stretch to take another leap and let your morning commute do double duty for you? There’s just as much excitement and bustle in the air, plus the gentle motion of your chosen transport probably can’t hurt (what’s that saying about kinetic energy feeding into creativity?). Who knows, maybe you’ll produce the next Great American Novel on that hustle-and-bustle high.

That’s a start. Now it’s your turn: where are some of your favorite “weird” places to write or create? 


How the creative visual playground of Instagram helps your writing and reach

Photo by Matt Brodie - Follow him on Instagram at  @TheBrodieMan803  You can also follow author Jessica Brodie  @JessicaJBrodie

Photo by Matt Brodie - Follow him on Instagram at @TheBrodieMan803
You can also follow author Jessica Brodie @JessicaJBrodie

We get your hesitation—writers on Instagram? It’s about photos, not words. Why would any self-respecting writer spend much time on a picture-based platform?

Because Instagram can do a lot for your creativity, your writing, and your reach.

Instagram is a visual masterpiece. Many creative types love Instagram because of its simplicity. It’s often a place of great beauty and honesty. Follow the right people, and your feed can be filled with landscapes, gorgeous gardens, eclectic smatterings of light, and brilliant artistry (or, if you prefer, adorable puppies and babies). If you need a mood-boost or just a place to generate some creative thoughts while brainstorming your next chapter, Instagram’s got you covered. The swirl of colors alone invites expression. Plus, the fact that liking all this lovely photography involves tapping a photo, thereby causing an uplifting little heart to flash in front of you, doesn’t hurt either. 

Not just that, but Instagram can also be a great place to get to know other writers, who’ll let you vent, share writing tips, or just laugh with you when you need a silliness break. Hashtags like #writerslife, #writersblock, and #writersofinstagram are just a few of the happiness hubs on this platform. Connect! It’s fun—and chances are, you’ll learn what makes other writerly souls tick and how they work through a problem you’re having yourself.

If you don't think you're "good enough" as a photographer to make it on Instragram, don't worry. Try simply posting images that speak to you about your writing or inspire you. One great idea is to take a photo with your phone and challenge yourself to write a short Instagram-only story with it (about 2,200 characters long). Do this for a month, and you'll be well on your way to figuring out your voice on the platform.

Instagram can also grow your reach, helping you sell books simply by getting the word out there that your books exist—and how they can get them. Be careful not to come across as just trying to sell your stuff, though. You want to be authentic and engaging, not a cliche used-car salesperson. That said, a captivating photo that teases a book draws the eye and heart… and makes them want to learn more. 

So if you’ve been holding off on trying Instagram because you don’t understand how you might relate to a photo-based platform, we say give it a shot. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. 

You can always follow us on Instagram, as well. @brodiemedia