If you read much about writers, you’ll think most of them never take a break from their writing routine, never skip the morning writing sessions, and certainly never take a holiday from writing! And then there are the rest of us.
How do we keep the writing muscles flexing while driving down the American West Coast highway? That’s where I am this week, and it’s a delightful dream of ancient redwood trees and sudden Pacific peeks and being blissfully alone, yes, alone! on the highway for long sublime stretches, at least on the northern part. California, here I come!
5 Ways for Writers to Work While on Holiday
1. Set a reasonable goal for what you will accomplish. Mine is two hours of work in the evenings.
2. Don’t beat yourself up when you’re not writing. Fully embrace the waterfall walk–you’ll likely never pass this way again.
3. Take pictures you can use for your trip album and your blog posts. (See above–me with a giant tree!) You may even see something that will work for your book, a unique character, perhaps. I saw a man with the most unusual hairline at the back of his head. Black, close-clipped hair grew all the way down the back of his neck to his t-shirt. That picture will stay with me, for sure.
4. Keep up with your social media and email. There’s nothing worse than going home from a holiday and facing an inbox full of hundreds of unread emails, not to mention the writing tips and tricks you won’t learn because, once home, you’ll just delete everything and start new. A trick I use is to delete what I don’t need and put the ones I’m keeping in a folder called ‘already read’. When I get home I have only those to move to the appropriate place.
5. …………..I’m on holidays, folks. With thoughts of redwoods and mountains and the ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge, I just couldn’t think of 5!
Perhaps my readers will help me out with their best ideas for working while on holidays! Please, please leave a helpful hint in the comments.