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Writing With Nature

 “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” -John Muir
The great outdoors can be an inspirational place. Nature has been a subject of writings and poems for many years. Why not try your hand at a story or poem while you’re out on the trails? If you’re new to creative writing, or just need some inspiration, here are a few ideas to get you started:
·         If you get lost in your thoughts while roaming through nature, why not write some of those thoughts down?
·         What part of nature are you most thankful for, and why?
·         What is your favorite season?
·         Write a short story or poem from the perspective of something in nature.
·         If you were an element (air, water, earth, fire), which one would you be?
·         Co-writing: bring a friend (or two, or more!) with you on an adventure. Write the first sentence of a story, then pass it off to the next person to continue the story. There’s no telling which direction this will go!
·         Concrete poetry is a form of poetry where the words on the page resemble a shape. Look around for objects that you could write a poem about and also position the words on the page to take the same shape, like a leaf, a tree, or a flower.
If you like to write in a journal, consider using journals and pencils made from recycled materials. Or, go paperless and keep your writings in notes on your phone so you can write as you go.

Happy writing!

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