Creativity and Going Back to Nature

CannonBeachAs luck would have it, this week’s Deb Ball topic coincided with my life quite well. I just returned from a mini-writers retreat on the Oregon coast. I’m pretty relaxed right now, so I’m not full of deep thoughts.

That said (I’m such a liar!), here’s what I think: I think modern life can deplete us. It can sap our inner resources, including our creativity. We are so busy, we Optimized-CannonBeach5sometimes don’t have time to think much less sink deep into our creative sides. We slide over the surfaces of our lives, going fast, fast, faster, hop-scotching from social media to errands to family to other responsibilities.

We can lose sight of ourselves all too easily. Here’s one of my solutions: nature. I go to the coast, walk the beach, stare at the waves. We humans are far removed from nature, and I believe allowing sunset fbourselves a few still moments in beautiful spots–leave your damned smartphone in the car!–is one of the greatest healers. Whether you camp, kayak, or simply sit beside a river for awhile–it all helps. I like to bring a journal, but I don’t force myself to write in it.

Do you have any favorite natural spots that help you rejuvenate?


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Lisa Alber is the author of KILMOON, A COUNTY CLARE MYSTERY (March 2014). Ever distractible, you may find her staring out windows, dog walking, fooling around online, or drinking red wine with her friends. Ireland, books, animals, photography, and blogging at Lisa Alber's Words at Play round out her distractions. Visit her at

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  1. Sing it sister! You are so right! Trying to keep all the balls in the air makes us forget to look at the sky above. (Though, bring your smart phone in case of an emergency… just don’t pull it out of your pocket!)

    Thank you for the healthy reminder to ‘just be.’

  2. YES! This really, really speaks to me, Lisa.

    For me, it’s the beach. I feel incomplete if I’m far away from it too long, and when I finally get to the coast a sense of peace and calm comes over me…I don’t think I’ve found it anywhere else. It reminds me of how small we are, but how lucky to be a part of something so huge as this planet and this moment.

  3. I’m headed for Friday Harbor next week, thank God. Just riding the ferry across the sound helps get me settled back in my body. Yesterday I was training for a new job and it was like an out of body experience- all left brain work, no “real me” in sight for eight hours. I really don’t like that.

  4. There is nothing like nature to spark creativity! We spend most of the summer at the beach, and I feel so much more creative during those months! Your conference sounds amazing. What a great time to recharge!

    1. Hi Kristy! It was a great recharge — and I came away with a game plan for revision for the first half of the current WIP. (The ending is still a hot mess, but, hey, I’m getting there!)

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