Wednesday, August 10, 2011

For the Love of Travel: Tools for Writing

I'm back. Thanks for sticking around during the week long lull. I hope you enjoyed the vacation posts. Now to share a travel tale with you...
For vacation, I journeyed with my husband and brother to Italy and England. We traveled backpacker style, staying in five and visiting ten cities in fifteen days. It was quiet an experience. The museums, ruins, architecture, paintings, sculptures, statues, canals, and more took my breath away at every turn. Here's some of the highlights...
The remains of the ravaged city of Pompeii made it feel like we stepped back in time two thousand years ago. Hiking Mt. Vesuvius tested my physical limits. Rome provided the perfect backdrop for dazzling architecture. Florence and Venice each gave a distinct Italian flavor. Murano inspired us with its unbelievable blown glass creations. Sorrento was the ideal city by the sea. By the time we arrived in England, I could hardly stand anymore. But, London and Bath gave their own delights. We took in a wonderful play called THE WOMAN IN BLACK (it's being turned into a movie in 2012 with Daniel Radcliffe), entered the inner circle of Stongehenge, saw the Roman baths, and flew around London's commercial districts.
All in all it was an amazing trip. So what does it have to do with writing? Well, I managed to sneak in a bit of writing time on the trains, but the more valuable aspect to a writing career is the experience of a new setting, culture, and people. Whenever you travel, by soaking in the surroundings, the different accents, the language, the people's expressions and mannerisms, and other various elements, you become armed with a completely new skill set. You can reach into that toolbox and extract details to make your characters and settings come alive.
The next time you go on vacation, be sure to bring a notebook and camera. The pictures will help you recall the details of a place, and the notebook enables you to write down any gems. I'm glad I had both of mine with me. 500 pictures and 20 pages later, I think I'll have plenty of material! Next week, I'll share some of my favorite pictures with you and maybe a few of my scribbles too.


  1. Sounds like a great trip. Glad you had a good time and were able to use it to enhance your writing.

  2. A trip many of us dream about, for me, maybe one day. I am glad you found it so exciting and used it to add to your craft. I can't wait to see those pictures. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. That sounds like an amazing experience! I'm so glad you had your camera and your notebook. What a great way to see the country. I can hardly wait to see the pictures!

  4. Thanks all! Traveling is my forte. My husband thinks I should be a travel agent, but it is really because I love it so darn much!

  5. I wouldn't dare leave my notebook behind and my camera would be a necessity if I was going to Italy and England.