This. This is sound advice for writing and for living. As writers we depend on using our senses and our imaginations. We need to train our brains to remember places, events and feelings when we happen upon them in life.
In sailing speak, a changing wind could be good or bad. Either way those hardy folks had to prepare for whatever was coming. This is a lesson writers could learn from.
When our writing is in danger of hitting the dulldrums, a changing wind can reinspire us and breath new life into our work. I was having a slow spell in my writing and I needed a change of perspective. I started writing a scene further into the story. It was totally unrelated and it gave me more insight to my characters. I don’t know if I will include it in the finished first draft, but I will never consider them wasted words. By allowing myself to skip forward to that scene, I gained a hindsight perspective on the part I had become stuck with. A new path opened up by stepping back and coming from a new angle, a changing wind.
Mr. Hemingway reminds us the first draft of anything is s**t, and Mr. Block says the first draft is just getting the story on paper. So fellow writers, change in the wind. Hold fast cause its goina be a wild ride. Cheers, jamrs