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5 Reasons to Write Outside

This past week, my son came home absolutely exuberant because he got to spend the school day working outside. I’ve likely mentioned that “home” is Michigan, in the north of the US, so this is a rare treat for us. My son described how his writing seemed to flow so much easier, and how he had many new ideas to incorporate into his work. Because I like talking with him about my job, I told him that working outside is one of the many advantages of working at home and being a freelance writer. Let’s take a closer look at why you should consider working outside.

Write for the Health of It

Working outdoors has health advantages. This study found evidence of an increase in vitality after a dose of fresh air. I myself find a longing for an old-fashioned dose of Vitamin D after a long winter cooped up indoors, and have no doubt that this alone improves my mood and functioning.

Improved Concentration

Kudos to my son’s teacher for parading 20+ sixth-graders outside for lessons.
One may think that this is an exercise in futility when it comes time to learn. However, studies like this one show that being outdoors can actually increase concentration. For me, just being away from my desk, my multiple pets and my to-do pile of paper work allows me to give 100 percent to my writing.

Get Social

This is an isolating job, I've said it again and again (and I’m sure my friends are tired of hearing it on Facebook). To save my poor husband the chattering at night when he finally returns home from work, I welcome a little social interaction. In my neighborhood, the school busses drop off and pick up right near my backyard, so I can say hello to all my neighbors as they gather. However, as I've written in the past, those who want privacy can simply move to a fenced area, or create a visual barrier. These outdoor trees, which are artificial, line one side of my patio and work like a charm.

Change Up Your Environment

The simple change in scenery can get your neurons firing. Now, I know freelancers and writers are given to working in coffee shops and co-ops, but I get tired of my hair and clothes smelling like espresso. Working outdoors allows me to soak in something new, without spending $5 on a cappuccino or $50 on a co-working spot.


Look, I have to wait for payments and checks. I have to deal with friends and family members who have no idea how successful I am or what I’m capable of because I don’t have a “title” they understand. I have to juggle clients and sometimes work at midnight. Freelancing isn't always easy, so if I have the opportunity to make use of a perk—like working outside—you can bet I'm going to do it!


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