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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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Reflections of a Newly Published Author

For a while, I’ve held back sharing my stories. I used to share more often, posting them to a blog writing competition or the occasional short story contest. However, the competition closed down because of busyness, and I didn’t submit to anything else really except a little group of friends.

I guess I was scared. Nervous to send my writing out and get rejected (not my first time trying) so I didn’t search for anywhere else. However, one of my goals this year was to change that. So I wrote a couple short stories. But I only submitted one of them: a short nonfiction. I submitted it to Farm and Ranch Living in January. It was just a little story about one of the several kittens I helped to raise. I didn’t think it was that great either. Continue reading “Reflections of a Newly Published Author”

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Possible Reactions From Your Hometown To You Becoming An International Best Selling Author #writers

Definitely what I’m looking forward to!

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Ever daydreamed about how your hometown will react to you becoming an international best selling author?

Ok, let’s imagine you have hit the literary big time. Your book is an international best seller, film rumours are rife and social media has gone into meltdown over your literary masterpiece.

How does your hometown react to your newfound stardom?

Here are some possible reactions.

  1. Your favourite local restaurant keeps a table freeat all times in case you decide to drop by and order some food.
  2. You are inundated with selfie requests in the high street, whilst doing a bit of shopping.
  3. Your local hair or beauty salon have a signed framed photo of you on the wall and name a beauty treatment or hairstyle after you! Sigh!
  4. Cool local people who’ve happily ignored you for years start hosting parties and ask you to be the guest of honour.

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