Road trips have become a regular occurrence since I came to live in Canada. I have been given the gift of an awesome friend, Linda, who enjoys the open road and finding new places and experiences. We leave the main highways and travel the back roads discovering hamlets, small towns and wildlife. Most of our trips are long weekends but this week we incorporated a book fair event into our plans and are making a week long trip to explore new places.
Having new experiences, meeting new people and discovering places and scenery we would not otherwise know about, fuels the writing muse. Due to the length of our trip this time I made a list of writing projects I would like to complete. Possibly wishful thinking but with a plan in place it gives me a goal. So this is the schedule, although in which order they are accomplished is open to how I am feeling at the time.
Edit a fellow author’s manuscript.
Revise WIP – Rython Legacy with fellow author’s editing suggestions.
Complete an animal rescue story for submission to an anthology.
Continue writing my steampunk story, The Commodore’s gift.
Revise social media format/posts/branding.
Our trip so far (we left early on Sunday morning) has seen new places and the sighting of five bears! We also met a wonderful author by chance when we decided on an impromptu lunch in a small hamlet. We will visit local libraries and book stores on our travels as well because life is so much better with books.
When you open up yourself to new experiences you find abundance and food for the Muse.
Do you create a writing retreat/vacation writing schedule?
The event we will be attending is below, if you happen to be traveling that way. Find me & Linda on the Dream Write Publishing table.
Summer Oldstice Saturday 15th June
Host: Uptowne Olds
Description: Summer Oldstice Street Festival. Artists, Musicians, Performers, Bakers, Growers, Food Service vendors, handicrafters and more!
Before you go on your trip, make a plan for what you’ll actually do while you’re traveling. Be realistic about how much time you’ll actually have to work.
2. Bring the essentials
Condensing an office’s worth of gear, equipment and supplies into a carry-on sized bag. First, start with the most important things.
Laptop: If you have an alternative lightweight portable laptop/tablet take that instead. Remember your charger!
Reference materials: Take the most relevant materials for your planned project.
Notebook and pen: Always have a small notebook and a pen. Ideas for a novel or character can spring up at any time.
3. Back it up
Make sure you back up your work – a flash drive, emailing to yourself or a data saving source.
Take digital copies instead of resource material with you instead of hard copies.
5. Bring travel-writing essentials
Even though you’re traveling light, be sure to bring anything you’ll need to transform your trip into a story including a way to take photos. Having photos can also help when you’re trying to recollect specific details and set a scene when you’re writing later on.
6. Safeguard your gear
Make sure you carry your most important items (like your laptop and backups) with you. Consider travel insurance or checking your current insurance policies (such as homeowner’s, renter’s, or automobile) to see if they’ll cover your valuables.
This is my traveling list:
My laptop & charger
A hard drive to back up
Notebook – which includes notes on my current project (these are in addition to my file folders on my laptop. I also use it for revision notes & narrative additions, page numbers of where I am in the process etc.
Pens and a pencil
Cell phone for photos & charger
Comfortable clothes and warm socks, eye glasses, a bottle of wine & snacks and tea bags (Okay I’m English teabags are a must!)
We normally request a desk & two chairs when we book a room to ensure we both have comfortable areas in which to write. Luckily neither of us needs noise so silence reigns unless we are discussing our day or writing. (No TV required either!)