Why Writers On Foreign Soil Are Lucky

Your country shapes you into a particular type of looking glass. When you look out at the world, you see it through a lens particular to where and how you grew up. It’s something we ourselves become apparent of more so when on foreign soil. Mainly because we start comparing the strange land with home. It can be quite revealing of the world around us. 

Thus writers working or living overseas will instinctively use these differences in the “thisness” of a place to colour the writing a particular way. It should shape your writing into something original, which is great but always what people want until it’s too late. 

So I think it’s good to be aware of such a process. It then becomes a tool for your arsenal in the war against the blank page. Freeing yourself further from indistinctness. 

To lucidity and beyond. 

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