By Niclas Floberg
I’ve tried a number of ways to find a place to rest my thoughts and, if all goes well, to pluck them mercilessly from that place onto the pages of whatever I’m trying to write (it’s usually about space bears in some shape or form).
What I’ve found is that it’s not so much the place in itself that dictates whether or not creativity will strike, but rather the feeling said place evokes, a feeling which might very well change from one visit to another. So is adapting to the ever-changing nature of ‘place’ through travel a solution for all this flux? Surely not settling for only a single or a couple of places means new experiences and thus new inspiration for all time?
For me, the answer is yes. I’ve found that time spent traveling (transitioning) from one place to the next to be the most inspiring, whether it’s walking, driving, or going on a ridiculously long train ride. I’ve never written as much as when I biked around Lake Bled in Slovenia (in a notebook that was later gobbled up, torn apart and subsequently dropped in the ocean by a particularly angry seagull).
My time to write is while in the middle of a constant barrage of new impressions, in places I’ve never been, in countries I repeatedly mispronounce (I now realise this sounds quite stressful – ‘you’ve got ten seconds to disarm this bomb’-stressful. It very well could be, however, no one said travel has to be done quickly). This is my way to work up the urge to write.
Where in the world do you write?
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Niclas Floberg lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he studies Criminology and Forensic Investigation. He dabbles in writing and drinking hot chocolate.