The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Writing is difficult on a trip, most of us travel with family, or even in a tour group. And that’s fine, but what happens when the trip does exactly what you hope, and you become wonderfully inspired?
You can’t just stop everything and take time off to record your thoughts, there are stately palaces to tour, museums to visit and beer to drink.
So what can you do?
Be messy: Any writing is a win in this situation. When you do find a place and time to write, just make notes.
Make notes – a notebook or scratching away on purloined pieces of hotel stationery is not very intrusive and can be done anywhere.
that’s nice but where can I even find time?
Do laundry. I needed to babysit our laundry – couldn’t really abandoned it. So I spent a good hour and a half working out the plot to my next book. washers and dryers are not set in very scenic spots. No one else will bother you. If necessary, set up to work on top of the dryer (the spin cycle of the washer may be problematic)
First thing in the morning – just like at home, if you wake up early, sneak out of the room and drink coffee or tea and scribble away. The notebook won’t look threatening while writing on your ipad or computer will look more like “work” and you can repel conversation by frowning and looking like all this is important, even if you are just trying to remember the name of the wine you drank last night.
Busses. If you are on a tour, you will do time in busses. Use this to write in your travel notebook or make notes for your next project. The full notebook will make a good writing surface.
Trains, same as busses but in every other country in the world, no one will look at you oddly for writing stuff down in a notebook while unpronouncable station names zip by your window.
If you travel with older people (or people older than you by five to 50 years) they need to rest, steer them over to a cafe. While they watch the world go by, write down a few more notes. You’ll do better again, with hand writing, the cafe tables are often too small and crowded to set up a ipad and key board.
Writing on a plane can be difficult because it’s too easy for your seat mate to lean over, gaze at your work and question either your motives or your spelling, but it can be done, as soon as everyone falls asleep.
What is the weirdest souvenir you bought, or received as a gift? Why do we need to purchase something from our travels anyway? I supposed it’s better than taking a chip from the pyramids. They’d be gone right now if some enterprising person hadn’t started making tiny pyramids out of plaster.
Word of the Week:
bibliobibuli (noun) – Obviously from biblio, meaning book. This one was coined by H.L. Mencken in 1957: ”There are people who read too much: the bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.” So there! Proud to be one!
Then there is the issue of redacted works like with case studies we had to read in Torts, a redacted fact pattern could lead to one conclusion, where the full facts of the case could lead to an entirely different result… and here now with Foucault.