Imagine an open road filled with many destinations but there is no specific direction you want to take. Each road leads to an adventure where stories start to ruminate in your mind. The people you meet, the places you see and the things you do are all connected to a bigger picture. The bigger picture is the stories waiting to come alive. Road trips have the power to bridge the gap between creativity and inspiration.
I believe road trips are essential for a writer. Writers not only need time to write but they need a place of inspiration. Sometimes the best inspiration happens when you are living life. Last month, I decided to embark on an epic road trip with my daughter and best friend. It had been nine years since I went on an extended road trip. I was determined not to drive twelve hours to my hometown.
However, in the end trying to fight the inevitable was useless so I let go, let God and the road trip came to fruition. As I reflect on all that took place on our road trip I realize how important it was for me to get outside my comfort zone. The trip was epic and fun.
Road trips are a great way to explore different cities, meet interesting people and reconnect with friends and family. As a writer road trips help us reconnect with our five senses, live in the moment and gain clarity. Below are three reasons why road trips are great for writers.
1. You tap into your five senses. There is a great power when you tap into your five senses: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch play a major part in developing characters and the setting of the story. Road trips force us to pay attention to unfamiliar surroundings.
2. New Places & Faces. Road trips allow you to meet interesting people and explore new places. These two elements can help a writer develop characters and incorporate the place they visit into their story. Each person you meet may have a distinct personality trait you want to integrate into your character’s development.
3. Gain Clarity. Every writer needs time away to unplug and refresh their thoughts. Road trips help you relax, rejuvenate and reboot your thinking. When you take time to clear your mind your thoughts become organized. You will be able to come back to a writing project with a new perspective.
Last month on January 16th, I released my first ever short story series entitled, The Antidote. I am happy to announce that part two is available. If you did not get a chance to download part one go to this link: https://tinyurl.com/yb72u7om
Go to this link to get your copy for part two: https://payhip.com/b/Qe4w
In the month of April The Inspirational Corner theme is “Writings, Writers & Musings”. In this series we will cover the duty of a writer, different places where you can get inspiration to write and how these places can become your muse. Also we will conduct an interview with a writer/author/poet to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Writing is often a gift that comes with the dancing of words parading through our minds. Instead of enjoying counting reindeers while we sleep words are being count to fill the page for our next writing project. We are consistently determined to make personal and professional deadlines for our next book, novel, article or blog post. As Christmas is making her grand entrance writers like me, are using this time to get away from the family gatherings to find a quiet corner to write down all our thoughts.
When you wonder what really goes on in a writer’s head you will be surprised to know writer’s never sleep. We spend countless hours conceptualizing ideas in our head. We read the same sentence over and over again making sure it expresses our thoughts in the manner we want readers to receive it. If we are working on our next novel then characters start to appear in our minds, talking to us as if they were real. Some may believe we are truly insane but our minds are always creating, correcting and cultivating new material. Nevertheless, words have become the thieves that steal our rest at bedtime.
However, in spite of our sleepless patterns we need a break just like the next person and so we want things for Christmas that will cater to our creativity. Below I have manifested a list of possible Christmas items to give to the writer in your life:
Writer’s Christmas List
1. A pretty journal or inspirational journal. All writers thought form better when there journal design is impeccable.
2. Cool Pens. Every writer needs that certain pen that would set fire to their words.
3. Nice Dictionary/ Thesaurus. Not just any dictionary or thesaurus but all writers need the best dictionary or thesaurus that stops them from using the same word over and over and over and over and over again.
4. Favorite book by their favorite author. All writers or maybe the highest percentage of writers love to read a good book by their favorite author.
5. Sleep. Giving a writer a nice comfortable pillow with a matching blanket would be ideal.
6. Candles. Candles create the right ambiance to inspire the writer’s mood. I suggest lavender for relaxation.
7. Complete Silence. Some writers just want to be able to write in silence. This is a priceless gift for me.
8. Favorite Beverage. Hot Coco, tea or wine are all great beverages to get the writing juices flowing.
9. Soft Music. Classical, jazz or maybe your favorite old school tunes has the capacity to energize your mind.
10. A Great Desk Lap/Light. Those of us who have created our creative sanctuary a desk lap or light would be convenient for a midnight rendezvous with our pen and paper.