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Writing on Vacation

Writers are never on vacation… or so it has been said.

My family and I might be taking our vacation a little late… I mean, August is cutting it close to when school starts again, ya know? (Knowing that school starts in 21 days is making it feel like the summer absolutely swooshed by. Anyone else feeling it too?)

Here are some ways that you can keep up with writing as you’re on vacation.

Via Ze Notebook

The good thing about the whole notebook thing is that it really goes anywhere you want it to. I took my notebook down to a balloon festival this weekend. (Okay, I only wrote half a chapter, but…) It fits nice into a backpack, or a suitcase, or a big purse. Then all you need is one pen and you are on your way! You can write in the car, write on the beach, write in the hotel room, write in the tent… there are no batteries to run out of, no screen to crack, and if you ever get in too big of a jam, you can use the empty pages to start a fire (and then listen to your mom when she says to never visit Alaska in the dead of winter.)

Or Laptop

Laptops. Oh the everlasting practicalness and transportability of them. Bedroom? Yup. The beach? Oh yeah. The Appalachian Trail? Uh… if you wanna pack it. Which I wouldn’t suggest. Might wanna go with the notebook there. 😉 Even so, the laptop is great everywhere else. You can write in the car and the hotel room and if it’s charged enough, you can write on the beach and in the tent too!

Writing Prompts Are Great Too

You know all those writing prompts you have on your Pinterest board? Like this one? Or this one? Well, now’s the time to knock them out! Have fun, write to your heart’s content. The wackier the prompt, the better. 🙂 I mean, there are some really awesome ones out there. Like this one:

But Short Story Contests Are Awesome

Ya know… if you don’t want to work on your own, long novel, you could always take a “vacation” from it and try a short story contest. Here’s a site you can check for contests. Look them over, pick one, work on it… bingo. Who knows? You might even win! Wouldn’t that be the perfect vacation? *stares dreamily* prize money… my precious!

Beach scene with smiling sun

Yet If You Need It… Complete Break

You know what? If you’ve been writing for a long time, call it quits and take a break. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Enjoy the sand. Or the mountains. Or old Faithful. Or whatever and wherever you are. Take a deep breath, clear your mind, and take it easy. Have a blast and then when you come back… well, your characters will still be there. Hopefully… they haven’t been too ornery in your absence.

 

So what have you done for vacations? Or have planned? How do tackle writing while on the move?

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Author:

Jaylee Morgan is a teenage author with her sights set on publishing. She’s written short stories since–uh… um–before she can remember. Her family isn’t quite sure what to do with her (mental hospital, maybe?), as she carries around a folder that she’ll randomly open and start scribbling in. She grew up (er, is still growing up) on a little hobby farm. She was basically born riding horses and hopefully will continue to ride horses for the rest of her life. She loves, loves, loves the cowboy lifestyle and might actually write about it someday. (Right now, she’s too scared that she won’t do it justice.) She reads. Like crazy.

8 thoughts on “Writing on Vacation

  1. Oooh, I LOVE this!!! As someone who practically takes a notebook (not a laptop since I personally don’t have one of my own 😛 ) with her whenever she leaves the house, this is definitely right up my alley!!! XD I never really get much writing done when I leave the house, but I still like the comfort of knowing it’s there…

    Also, I’ve been thinking about entering a short story competition. I don’t know why, and I don’t even know what contest to try, but it’s been nagging at me lately, haha!

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    1. I actually don’t have a laptop either! I’ve been wanting one for a long while now, but just haven’t had the money to buy one. Haha, yeah. For some reason, I always tell myself that I’ll be able to get tons of writing done when I leave the house, but I rarely do. ;P

      Yes! Yes! Do enter a contest! Even if you don’t win, you’ll love it!

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      1. My family actually has a communal laptop, so I usually use that, but I would love to have one of my own so that I could take it places… XD And UGH! They really are so expensive!!!! 😛

        I really should!!! I think I will someday, but right now I’m focusing on finishing my WIP… XD

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        1. My family has a communal computer rather than laptop… so LUCKY YOU being able to move around. Lol. I know! I keep saving up for one, but something always seems to get in the way.

          Haha. Yeah, finishing WIP… definitely important!

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          1. It is really nice to be able to move. It helps with alleviating writerly blockages from being in the same room forever, haha! Last year during Camp in April, though, I used the desktop, so I was in one room all day, every day… I never did finish that story, though… But I won Camp, so hey! #winner

            Yeeeeaaaahh…. *distant sobbing*

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