I have an expatriate’s heart. When I moved to Paris in the early 70s I had no idea I would stay until 1989. I moved back to San Diego long enough to get my doctorate and meet my husband. Then we took off to live in Ajijic, in Jalisco, Mexico in 2002.
I’m leaving tomorrow to check on our house down there, and to reconnect with friends in the village. I tell you this because it has everything to do with writing better.
You must read Brian Clark’s recent post The Content Crossroads: Supernatural Success at the Intersection of Ideas . It’s one of those, you know… wish I had written this! posts you want to keep for inspiration.
It weaves a story of Robert Johnson, the blues guitarist, the Medici Family in Florence Italy, and Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist who coined the term "meme" for the natural selection process of speading ideas. Here’s one of the suggestions Brian makes for improving your writing:
Travel: One of the great benefits of online business is freedom from the tyranny of geography. And the more we see of the world and different cultures, the more our minds open up and see limitless connections and possibilities. One of the worst things we do to ourselves in terms of creativity is to stay within the realm of the familiar.
So that’s my story, and a good excuse for sneaking away to Mexico for a week… If you’d like to see our house, please visit this photo tour here.