Unplug from you smartphone, stop surfing the Internet, turn off the television. Take the earphones out, don’t check your email, and bring your Facebook chat to a close. Simply disconnect from the virtual world, and turn to the world all about you.
And then begin to connect with those who move about you. Listen to your spouse and choose in that moment to build into their life, ask your children a real question and push until you get a real answer, check in with an old friend you haven’t spoken to in several months. Take a walk, feel the wind, smell winter on the air. Drink tea, eat good food, feel the world solid underneath your fingertips.
Connect with living people, not a chat forum. Speak with someone face to face and soak in their responses. Listen to the movement around you, see the world interacting and your place in it, feel the heat of the sun and the brush of your loved ones hand.
These are the things which inspire us to write. These are the moments we seek to capture and share with others. These are what we hunger for.
Instead of virtual noise, cultivate silence. For one week, see what happens when you disconnect from all the distractions and clutter that impose upon the things that really matter: family, friends, creating, and the simple enjoyment of this world. Just sit and watch – as your life slows, and the frantic pace with which you’re now trying to stay abreast calms to a leisurely stroll through life.
Use this time to write, and have conversations that matter, and to enjoy what this world offers to your senses. Will it be difficult? Yes. Will it be worth it? You tell me.
Try it, and watch the effect it has on your writing. Does it make you better writer? Does it improve your life as a whole? Is it actually possible for you?
I don’t know. But why don’t you just disconnect, and let me know how it goes?