I’ve written about this before, but since summer is almost here, I thought you might want to get started thinking about summer your summer vacation(s)!
You’re at the point where you either know you need a vacation, or you’ve got people telling you to take one. “Okay,” you say. You then buy a ticket to your desired destination, pack your bags, and are prepared to do nothing except relax…and do “research” for you next book.
Sigh! You’ve made it! you’re officially on vacation, and are required to do little to no work! You’re only required to sleep in, order room service, lounge and relax by the ocean and/or beach, while drinking a Pina colada or strawberry daiquiri. It’s okay to even ogle over lust after the ultra-hot surfer dude, who would never be your type.
As an author, it’s okay to break the rules! As authors, we are trained to observe our surroundings, and we can’t help it. We’ll look, we’ll listen, and if interesting enough, we just might write about it. (Go to a beach, and you’re guaranteed to find something/someone who gives you inspiration for your current WIP, or your next book).
When I’m on “vacation,” it I’m often so relaxed that I want to write, so I do. I write whenever I can, but don’t set any time or word limits on my work. I just see how far I get, and know that it’s okay — I’ll write when I get back home. (Writing outside of your comfort zone might even help your creativity).
So, if you get a chance to take a vacation, whether it’s a beach, mountain, or countryside vacation, go! You’ll be glad you did!
Have you ever gone on a “vacation” that has strictly been for research? If you’ve not, where would you go, and why?