Surround Yourself With Diversity
Someone once said, “Write what you know.” We’ve all heard it before. And if taken literally… well, that’s a scary thing. Because I’m not that certain I know all that much about anything interesting. But I’m pretty sure the phrase wasn’t meant to be taken literally, at least not the way I look at it. I look at it as more of a nudge to write about what you’re interested in and what’s around you.
Which brings me to today’s quick tip. Surround yourself with diversity. In any and all aspects it can be found. Seek out relationships that challenge you as a person and a writer as well as support you at being both. Encourage conversations that stir your ire and soothe your soul. Find interests for fun and pastimes you can be passionate about, but be willing to do something hard that just might hurt a little bit simply because it’s the right thing to do.
Feed your brain with the history of different cultures. Exercise your patience at the knee of the very old… or very young. Give up your day to another simply because the experience will benefit you both in ways you may never fully understand. Say yes to a new adventure and then share it with the world. Talk to the new neighbor even though he seems angry. Read a book about car care—hey, you never know when you might need that. Volunteer.
Will any of this make you a better writer? Maybe. Maybe not. But it may bring new surprises into your life. The one thing constant about life is change. And if you keep injecting variety into your life as it changes, you’ll be surprised at how many things you’ll know when it comes time to write about them.