After a flury of emails with my youngest son and his wife I’ve made arrangements to join them at the circus Saturday!
I can hardly wait. I’ll take the train about an hour and a half north to Santa Ana, CA and my son will pick me up and we’ll head less than two miles to the Honda Center (yikes I’m not used to venues being named for products even yet).
Of course, I’m bragging, but there’s also a point here somewhere for freelance writers.
Writers Need To Have Fun!
Writers need to have fun, to take time off, and to do things they don’t usually do. Yes, everyone probably needs to do this, but I think we creative types need it more than most. Although there have certainly been poets and artists and writers who have been successful performing their crafts in a single room, cut off from the rest of the world, I wonder what they would have been able to create had they seen and experienced more.
I know for me, as much as I love where I live and work, as much as the hawks and trees and flirting butterflies and small garden please me, getting out of town and doing something as silly and as fun as going to a circus does something wonderful to my brain. And going to a circus with loved ones, particularly small children, is even more of a delight.
Article Ideas Even Before I Go
To be sure I could probably work this upcoming experience into several articles, including:
- A travel piece about the Honda Center as a destination – no, it’s not that great by itself, but the circus as a destination and maybe a travel piece that could follow the circus with minor changes in each town has some merit.
- A screed against the mistreatment of animals as an opinion piece for animal rights magazines or even some consumer magazines.
- How about an article on going to the circus with grand kids? That would work.
- So would a comparison of this circus with the last one I remember.
- I could do a piece on short train trips.
See, even anticipating the trip and I’m awash in ideas.
But I know something else will happen as well. Just getting out of my usual track is good for me. It’s stimulating. It’s, well, fun. And I’ll bet the week or so following this venture, and maybe even longer, I have more ideas, more creativity than I would if I hadn’t gone. Hard to prove I know. Which doesn’t bother me a whit.
Looking for new ideas to write about? Go to circus, or, more to the point, go have fun at something you don’t usually do.
And if this does’t demonstrate you can turn almost anything into a blog post I don’t know what does.
What are you doing for ideas this week?