My husband and I recently went on a two-week vacation to Scotland. I lugged my computer along fully intending to do some writing even if it was only 50 words a day.
On the way over to Scotland in all three airports we were in I hit a minor obstacle. I wasn’t able to get Wi-Fi. It was frustrating, but I decided to blow it off and read instead, a favorable choice for me.
Once in Scotland we got our car, programmed the “navi” and off we went.
We were two hours into our drive and we hadn’t planned on doing any “off-roading” in our rented Black Mercedes Sedan. So I suggested to John that we might have taken a wrong turn.
After re-reading the map word for word several times we finally drove into the right country lane. To our delight we found our classic Scottish cottage. We were in the valley of the Grampian Mountains on the southern most part of the Highlands.
When I walked up to the front of the cottage the thatched roof and colorful front door instantly made me feel like a Hobbit. Was it time for second breakfast? I looked down at my feet thankful they weren’t large and hairy.
We got settled into our 18th century cottage that had all the amenities we needed even Wi-Fi, except my computer once again didn’t cooperate and I couldn’t connect to the internet.
So I laid my computer to rest and decided I would rely on my memory when I got home. Not the best choice I could have made. When I got home I couldn’t generate any memories or get any words down to make even one sentence. Two weeks without writing anything was too long for me. I was used to writing everyday. But I’m a novice writer and had not pre-thought what writing while away was going to look like.
The good news is I’m going to England in a couple of weeks and I’ll get a chance to give Writing While Traveling another try.
This time I’ll have thought through what it looks like to have a writing game plan before I go.
The Game Plan:
-Read one book about writing.
-Bring your favorite pens and paper.
-Plan to journal.
-Carry a small notepad with you at all times.
-Take notes when you’re out and about the minute something comes to mind.
-Don’t rely on your memory.
-Recap the day’s events by making a list of what was done during the day.
-Say yes to every opportunity to do something new and different.
-The more experiences you have the more you have to write about.
-If you don’t do interesting things you don’t have interesting things to write about so make the most of your vacation.
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