“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.” – Eugene Ionesco
I love that quote. It’s so true! As it happens, I am on vacation. And I’m taking most of my time to enjoy and appreciate the amazing things I’m seeing. It’s completely, 100% okay to take a break from writing. Always! But if you go on holiday and find yourself longing to write, here are a few ways to find the time.
1. Get up early/stay up later
This is particularly suitable for those traveling with others. Unless you’re traveling solo, you probably don’t want to take time out to write in the main part of the day. Because this is time for you and your friends/family/partner to explore and spend time together. In this case, wake up a little earlier or stay up a little later. You can use this quiet time in the day to jot down some words without feeling guilty.
2. Utilize wait times
When traveling you can easily find yourself in situations where you’re waiting. Hours at the airport, lines for attractions or events…these moments can be filled with writing, and if anything will help the time pass faster!
3. Write while you travel
Going from city to city or state to state? As long as you’re not driving (!!) you can write while you travel. Your travel companions may find themselves wanting to do their own thing on the journey too. Reading, playing games, browsing the internet…if so, you can use this time to write. You may may also find that the passing landscapes provide inspiration all of their own.
4. Keep a notebook with you
This is the main thing. Travel is inspiring, and whether you intend to write or not, ideas will come and go. Make sure you don’t lose any! Keep a notebook on you so you can jot them down on the go. Even if it’s just bullet points, or a word here and there. You’ll still be able to refer back to it, and use it for writing projects in the future.
Do you write while you’re away? Do you have any tips to fit it in? Drop a comment below.