Do Your Write When You Are Away from Home?
|This is where I was this weekend, hobnobbing with the Cental Coast Sisters in Crime bunch!|
When you are off on a trip for whatever reason do you do any writing?
I know some busy authors who when they are even at a big mystery convention, will make their scheduled appearances but disappear into their room for hours to work on their latest book. I don't do that at a convention or conference that I've spent my money to attend.
While I'm there, I'm going to go to the panels and presentations that most interest me, hang out in the lobby or wherever people are congregating and visit. I love seeing old friends and making new ones. A writer's life isn't filled with many exciting events--at least mine isn't--and I'm going to make the most of the opportunity to mingle with people who love to read and/or write.
However when I'm on a trip where we are driving somewhere, I often brainstorm with my husband about things that are going to happen in my book and find out if he has any suggestions as to problems the characters might face.
If it's a visit somewhere that we have a specific meeting to attend or people to see and there's lots of down time, I'll take along a few chapters I've already written to go over. Though I won't sit down and actually write more--what I do is begin to outline what's going to happen next. I may even write a snippet of dialogue that pops into my head. Being away from home with no one to distract me or the phone ringing with requests of things people want me to do gives me time for some major planning.
It's also nice to just get away, have new surroundings--though I love being home--a change can be inspriting.
What about you? Do you do any writing when you're away from your usual writing place?