Writers spend a lot of time in front of their computers. They have to, to be able to complete their stories. It used to be that the only way to get that done was to stay at home, like a reclusive hermit with more imaginary friends than real. But now, thanks to laptops and tablets, writers can get out and explore the world while still writing. For me, getting out and doing things, even while writing on a deadline, helps my mind relax and recharge. And being outside gives my expressiveness a boost when I smell the earth right after a rainstorm or see the bright colors of a newly opening flower. Sometimes just being around other people brings new ideas, like the overheard snippets of conversations while I’m in a long line at an amusement park. One time I got a plot idea from a freeway billboard. Inspiration can come from the most mundane things. So while writing is a profession where you need plenty of time alone, being out in the world can help expand and deepen our characters and stories as well. What experiences have you had away from your computer that let you come back to it anxious to add to your characters and world?