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  • Roger Colby

Off the Grid: Recharge Your Creativity


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I’ve been away from social media and blogging for about three days.  I needed a break.  I’m in the middle of writing the first book in a series to be released in June entitled The Last Terran and I had hit a creative bump in the road.

Sure I have the entire thing plotted out, have created 15K words of backstory, have written tons of character biographies, but something was missing.  I needed to recharge the creative juices.


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We met Kaylee’s friend at a gas station far in the hinterlands of Oklahoma and then followed them another five minutes deeper in, emerging in a secluded location in the middle of a hundred-plus acre family farm where sat a cabin sans electricity or running water.

It was perfect.  No laptop, no cell phone, no problem.


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I returned from that hike (later to take another along some cattle trails) with an epiphany of sorts rattling around in my head.  Not only had I found a new point of conflict for the hero of my novel, my whirring imagination had begun to devise many other sub-plots and deeper symbolism to use in my current project.  As I talked to my new friend, ate camp-fire hamburgers, boiled water for coffee, I discovered that I needed this trip away from the grid to get myself back on track with my current project.


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It worked for me.  Perhaps it could work for you.

Well, enough of this.  I have to get to work.

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