I moved countries over three months ago. In that time, I’ve started a new job, got my apartment sorted, reconnected with old friends, began writing a new novel (coming up on 50K!) and even managed to jot down a few short stories. I’m not sure what my mental state was in Doha, but now that I’m looking back, I know it wasn’t anything good. To further drive this point home, this morning I looked at my sleep app (I use Sleep Cycle) and happened to review statistics from the previous months. There has been a significant jump in my sleep quality since moving. It’s not just that – I simply find myself being in a (nearly constant) positive state of mind. I’m not sure how this directly translates to writing, but even if it’s something as simple as a placebo effect – I’ll take it. I like it when I’m excited to work on a project. I like it when the words come easily.
I also like driving on roads that aren’t super aggressive.
Where do live? Have you ever lived somewhere that had a negative impact on you? How did you break free?