A holiday (or short break) could boost your writing while you relax.
Summer is here, the season of blue skies (at least more of them), barbeques and lawnmowers. It’s a great time to take a holiday or even a short break, and it could be even better for your writing.
I love to travel, generally where the sun is more intense than England, although I’m partial to a little snow even though my skiing isn’t brilliant. I’ve written on planes, boats and beaches but I love most finding a special spot to write. One of my favourites was this little nook under a tree in a volcanic garden in Lanzarote where I was cooled by a breeze from the Atlantic Ocean as I wrote. Holidays are great for writers in so many ways…
Allow pressure to evaporate
It can to be tough to write when you feel under pressure or life is getting in the way. On holiday, unless you’re on an organised adventure, your time is freer and there are fewer expectations. You’re likely to be in a better mood to write and your imagination more active.
Steal moments to write
With your mind in a more creative place, why not set aside some moments to write openly or explore new story ideas and see where they lead? I like to write in the mornings, a peppermint tea on a table by the pool, before moving onto whatever adventures we have planned for the day. Why not find your own holiday writing routine or grab opportunities when they come up throughout the day?
Let inspiration float in
Writing is not just about sitting at a desk, or deck chair, with your pen to your notepad or fingers on your keyboard. It’s also about the thinking you do when you’re lying on the beach, exploring the sights or sipping a Piña Colada. Use your surroundings as inspiration and be conscious of the ideas that float in. They could be fresh fictional concepts, solutions to plot holes or ideas for new events to take your story forward.
Keep your notebook handy for the good ones. You don’t want to forget them on the return to your hotel or after a few too many cocktails!
Take time to brew writing ideas
Reflect on your good ideas. Let them brew and develop in your mind as you’re out and about. Explore where they could lead in your notebook. Holidays are a great time for reflection as the pressure on your mind from work and other responsibilities is reduced.
What are you waiting for?
Whether you’ve planned two weeks near the equator or a weekend staycation, these tips could help you not only have a good rest but take your story forward. So, what are you waiting for? Plan some special time to spend with your writing today.
You could even go one step further and prioritise your writing on holiday by booking a writing retreat where you’d benefit from creative company, inspiring surrounds and, on some, access to a writing pro or stimulating workshops.
Where is your favourite place to write away from home and how do you fit writing in while you’re there? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.