Author John Green used his weekly vlogbrothers YouTube platform to talk about where he goes when he writes. He said that he finds himself in, “Cheyenne, Wyoming,” which is, itself, an obscure reference to a throwaway line in the film Rushmore. For him, taking a deep-dive into his writing takes him away from his every day life, even making him distant from his loved ones. As a writer, Green loves to go to “Cheyenne, Wyoming,” but dreads the consequences of the time away from the real world.
John Mayer has written about escaping to an alternate writing universe, but as a form of much needed refuge from reality. In “Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967”, the subject (a stand-in for Mayer himself) puts his head down and sets off on his own on a, “one man submarine ride”. The subject proves his doubters wrong and emerges victorious. Mayer relishes in the opportunity to leave behind reality in order to write.
As a working college student, its hard to find the time or place to escape to. I also have a hard time even rationalizing it to myself, although I know its invaluable and brings me great joy. Although its still early, I’ve found a small refuge of my own in this 250-word column. I will continue to make the time to write, and make a point of managing my life around it. It may not be “Cheyenne, Wyoming,” or even a homemade, fan blade, one man submarine.