Write your travels, travel your writing
As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, with my husband’s new position (new as of the past year and a half), I’ve had many more opportunities to travel around Europe and I’m doing my best to take advantage of this.
Just two weeks ago one of my friends, who’s husband works for the same institution mentioned that she was going to Cyprus with her husband. I knew mine was going as well, so I decided to join them. Within two days I had plane tickets and someone to watch my puppy for the week I’d be gone. I can’t tell you how happy I went! Cyprus is gorgeous and fascinating!
In the past year and a half I have been to Amsterdam, driven the Route de Vin in Alsace-Loraine, traveled to Basel (Switzerland), Paris, Knokke (Belgium), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Malta, Athens, London, Cologne (Germany), and now Cyprus. There may be more that I’m forgetting.
Every place is beautiful, with the one I’ve been to most recently being the most beautiful.
How can I, at the drop of a puppy, leave and go traveling with my husband? Easy! I bring my work with me.
Because I’m a full-time writer (and formatter) my work is all in my laptop and the internet. A wifi connection every so often is all I need to do my work. I’ve written sitting on a rock overlooking the Mediterranean in three different countries, on a beach looking at the North Sea, on a hillside overlooking vineyards, on a bench in the garden of a 400 year-old castle. And with every place I go, I get the urge to pull that place or aspects of that place into my writing.
It’s not always possible to bring that place into my work at that moment, but my mind stores up the images and impressions. Small details and ideas implant themselves into my memory and show up in story ideas or sometimes just descriptions of a setting. All of these experiences add a richness to my writing.
I’ve set one story (A Spanish Dilemma) in Basel, and am using my research into ancient Greek artifacts from both Greece and Cyprus in the book I’m currently writing (My Gentleman Thief). Someday I’ll figure out how to bring Dubrovnik or Malta into a story because they are both so old and fascinating, not to mention gorgeous! Perhaps I’ll have a character make a Grand Tour of all the places I’ve been–it’ll take a good bit of research to find out what these places were like in the hear 19th century, but if I have to go back to do that research… well, I’ll just have to “suffer” through it, I guess. 😉
The point is that every place is beautiful and can add to your writing and when you write you can do it anywhere and should. Have you written in any interesting places? I’d love to hear about them!