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Ways For Writers To Broaden Their Horizons

Broadening is all about your horizons, stepping out of your comfort zone completely. I have prepared a simple list for you to browse. Maybe you might choose one or maybe a few. I hope this list helps out.

First, find a job totally unrelated to writing. For example, late last night, I thought to myself that I needed a little excitement in my boring nerdy life and researched some direct sales opportunities. I am now an ambassador for a food company. Everybody needs food, right?

Next, volunteer for adult illiteracy. Just because a person cannot read does not mean that they are dumb or stupid. Be a teacher for that person, a mentor and a friend.

Following on, want to learn something new yourself? There are many free online courses that you can take from excellent schools. Simply Google to find or look for pins on Pinterest. Almost every subject is covered. Personally, I have found, after browsing the courses, an interest in psychology. How in the world did that happen?

Then, take a bunch of selfies. Dress up for the selfies. The selfies can boost your self-esteem and can make online photos updated. For example, you want your LinkedIn account photo to look nice. Right?

Go to a restaurant alone. Observe the people, the sounds and the smell of the food. Have a memo pad with you as you might be inspired. What were the conversations about? What did people look like?  

Read a book that is so unlike you. For example, I am usually a cookbook or fitness and nutrition person but lately, I have been reviewing children's’ books. There is always hidden meaning in children's’ books, such as child bullying.

Also, do something in general that you have always wanted to do, but never had the time. Study extreme couponing, for example, then save money. Writers are not always the wealthiest of people. Maybe, while you are at it, you can save on healthy food.

Write in a way that is so unlike you. For example, do you write poetry? Write romance or a comedy instead. 

Ask a relative or friend for their opinions about your work. You might think your article is awesome, but they might think otherwise. Another tip is to read your work out loud. Does it sound good?

Exercise, as the feel-good endorphins just might do the trick. Also, you really do not want that writers’ sedentary life to creep up on you, do you?

Finally, make yourself writing hours or office hours. This is something that I really need to do. Between cooking and cleaning, finding time to exercise, then writing, I cannot even catch up with the daily news. So, if you ask me what is going on in politics, I would not have a clue.  

Often, we need to use another person’s objective to be reminded. For example, I lack common sense but have book smarts. 

I hope this list has given you some tips on how to get totally out of that box! Write on.

Written by Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo