Issue #26: Writing Outside

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright October 2015.

Oh, the joys of being your own boss. You can work where you want! And it is the time of year that I love to work outside. Unfortunately, last year was too breezy to work outside much. I deal in paper… it’s what I do. Rather than chasing papers around everywhere, most of my time was spent working inside. But there were a few occasions when the breeze was so light it didn’t matter.

This year is proving to be too rainy to work outside, so far. And, when it is nice? Yup, a little too breezy. I’m hoping this is not going to be a recurring theme every year. For now, I’m hoping for the best! At this point, I’m choosing positive thoughts. I just know the weather is going to get nicer and the breezes wont be too bad.

I love to work in the park, with the birds in the air, the ducks on the river, and the damn running. I can sit for hours, planning projects and writing articles. I also like to work outside at a table at Aroma Joe’s, while enjoying an iced mint or chai tea. And I wonder what it would be like to sit by the ocean or a lake and write a short story. Or in the woods.

I’ve written these articles on working outside:

There are many great reasons to work outside, one being that it’s more fun!

Recent posts to the site include:

Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their LIVES. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out.” ~ Reese Witherspoon


Go outside, taking along your tote bag or backpack filled with a drink, a snack or lunch, and what you need to work with. Find a quiet place to sit and work on the project you’ve chosen for the day.

Quick Writing Tip

Sit at the park with paper and a pen, and write down everything that comes to mind.

Writing Prompts

  1. Poem Idea: A bird’s song
  2. Poem Idea: A bee’s journey
  3. Poem Idea: Nature is beauty
  4. Poem Idea: The natural world
  5. Poem Idea: The river


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Copyright 2011 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life

(Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2015.)


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