Summer vacation descended on my household like a flash flood: sudden, overwhelming, and somehow unexpected, even though we do live in the flood plain, so to speak. I guess I’m one of those people who gets so absorbed in the present that I perpetually forget about what’s coming down the pike…or maybe I’m just a goofball. That’s also a distinct possibility.
In any case, I like getting out and away from the hamster wheel of cooking, cleaning, email, errands…there are still things I have to do when I’m traveling, but it’s different.
But I digress. What I really wanted to write this post about was how travel can enrich your writing life. Hope I inspire you to hit the road this summer–and bring along your pen!
Things I love:
1. Removal of distractions clears my mind.
2. Change of scenery inspires new setting details.
3. Change of scenery triggers ideas for nonfiction articles.
4. People-watching: travel takes me out of my usual Boulder circles.
5. Long car drives provide uninterrupted time to talk, think, listen to a new book on CD, or read aloud to each other.
6. Escape from the usual bombardment forces everyone to find other kinds of entertainment–like cards, photography, badminton, and practical jokes.
7. Quiet time let’s my wandering mind come up with lots of ideas and frees creative blocks.
8. Ample opportunities to eavesdrop on conversations and quirky actions perfect for character development.
The key to a writing vacation, Cheryl-style, is lots of unscheduled, unstructured time–and that’s what I’m getting this week. It’s heaven.
— Post From My iPhone