Sarah Flick’s Writing Tip #10: Spend Time Alone

As an author and spiritual director, Sarah Robinson Flick’s writing evokes a sense of the seasons, sacred places, and the spiritual nature in life. In this series of blogs, Sarah walks us through some of her best writing tips. These tried-and-true pieces of advice for new writers will be highlighted monthly. To learn more about Sarah and her writing, check out her debut memoir, Desire, Mystery, and Belonging, available now on Amazon.

Tip #10: Spend Time Alone

I remember a few times when I spent some time alone writing, sometimes journaling and self-reflection and sometimes working on a project.

Spending a day alone with myself and my writing meant that I was not alone at all; I was with my thoughts and memories and creativity.

Time alone, even a few hours, can be helpful when we are feeling stuck or when we are distracted.

I am someone who loves to write in community, and there have been times when time alone writing has been surprising and fruitful and fun. I enjoy both and I need both.

Experiment with writing by yourself in a coffee shop or a library. You can try writing in a structured way or spending unstructured time writing whatever comes to mind.

Give yourself the gift of solitude and silence from time to time and see what happens!

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