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From the Blog: "How Physical, Mental, and Online Environments Can Influence Your Writing"

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Our online activity can influence our writing just as much as as our physical and mental environments. Young Writers Program participant Adrienne is here today to talk about how writers can use all three types of environments to their benefit: 

Every day, we’re influenced by countless things in our environment. Social media posts, our physical environment, and the people around us all impact the way we think and ultimately, the way we write. Today, I’d like to share with you three ways these things can influence your writing process, and how you harness them to become a better writer. Let’s dive in!

Online Writing Environments

The internet can both help and hinder your writing habit, whether you realize not or not. If you’re like me, you love looking around the NaNoWriMo forums for writing advice and general chat. Do you ever look at other writers on the NaNoWriMo forums and think, they’re a way better writer than I am? This negative mindset of comparison takes the joy out of writing because you feel like you can never be as good as they are.

But the truth is, there will always be people around you who are better than you at writing. Instead of just thinking, they’re better at writing than I am, start finding realistic ways to get better. For example, find writing prompts on Pinterest and just start doing it! The more you write, the better you’ll be.

When I look at it this way, the internet has really had a positive effect on my writing habit. I like to use Pinterest to create mood boards for my story and its characters. This really helps me find my vision for the mood I want to evoke when I’m writing, as well as build my characters’ personalities.

Physical Writing Environments

Your physical environment also impacts your writing. For example, I have such a hard time getting words on the page when I’m writing in a noisy place, like our family living room. Instead, I like a nice, quiet writing space, like my bedroom. I keep a copy of Save The Cat nearby, just in case I need to double-check a plot point. If you’re a published author, keeping a copy of your book in sight may serve as motivation.

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Adrienne is a writer, videographer, and artist from Florida who is currently writing her first novel. Her favorite place to write is in her swing outdoors, and she would love to be a National Parks ranger when she grows up! When she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out with her hamster or making animations with her American Girl dolls for her YouTube channel, Tangerine Tundra AG. You can also find her on her blog, The Periwinkle Papers.

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