Writing and Travel

They go together!  No matter what the purpose for your trip–visiting relatives, ruins or mountain tops—you can always sneak in a little writing.  Even if you are only thinking, the new places and people will light your literary fires.

On a recent trip to Victoria my main purpose was to see my granddaughter (and her parents!) but I managed to spend time with my laptop for a couple of hours every day.  That felt so good that I became more and more enthused–excited even–about the progress I was making.

And one morning we purposely set out, sans three-year-old, for some serious browsing at Bolen’s bookstore in Hillside Mall.  The visit was a revelation.  I headed for the writer’s section first and found so many how-to titles I couldn’t choose.  Stephen King’s On Writing, Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, and Renni Browne & Dave King’s Self-Editing for Fiction Writers made it to the till with me.  I am hoping they will each live up to my happy expectations as I work my way through them.

Finally I stopped at the huge display of magazines.  Now I have to say that here in Ontario we have Coles and Chapters and Indigo, but the ratio of books to housewares has sadly slipped in the last few years.  I guess we should be happy the books are still there at all.

I do miss the great bargain books Chapters used to have.  Most of the ‘bargains’ now are strange titles I would never buy; hence, my much used library card these days.

Getting back to Bolen’s magazine racks, I was amazed.  There were many titles about writing.  Yes, I said many.  I came home with the Writer whose headline story was Sell Your First Book:  Success tips from an 8-Time Author.  Well, I had to have that one and spent the five hours on the plane trip home reading both the excellent, riveting articles and the many writing-related ads.  It was wonderful.  I checked the publisher and it comes from the States.  The subscription rates are $10 more for delivery in Canada.  I’ll probably subscribe anyhow.  So much more exciting to read a mag about writing rather than another one full of makeup and fashionista articles.

So my trip to Victoria fulfilled two needs for me:  seeing my wee girl and getting a punch in the arm for my writing.  It’s all good.

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6 thoughts on “Writing and Travel

  1. Hi Elaine,

    I was in Victoria once as a child and once as an adult. Would love to go back, it is beautiful. Alas, this year I had to do my vacation writing poolside in South Africa. When I wasn’t bottle-feeding baby lions or out on safari, that is!

    You’ll enjoy Stephen King’s On Writing. So glad you found time to write and to find books on craft. It’s a hard line, when do we stop reading about being published and just do it. Make sure you enjoy the journey!

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  2. Good point, Elaine. Writing is so portable and it’s great to be able to travel and write. I always think I should write a travel article when I’m away, but so far it’s just an idea.

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time!

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  3. A travel piece would be great, might even enhance the adventure as you struggle to remember all the details. Thanks for commenting, Sharon and Sherry!

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  4. I have this dream that when my husband and I retire, I can string up my laptop on an RV and we can go trekking across the country. A good time hiking, camping, and (for me) writing by the wee hours of the morning. I’m glad you had a good time on your trip! You made me very jealous. 🙂

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