Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mini-Vacations-Fuel for Writers

What I am currently reading: One Life at a Time Please by Edward Abbey

I have thoroughly been enjoying my summer. This year we have not traveled far from home. It is not because of gas prices or that we are trying to reduce carbon emissions--it just worked out that way. Plus we live in the most beautiful state in the country, so there really isn't a need to go very far.

We just got back from Crested Butte, a small mountain town in Southwest Colorado, where my aunt and uncle live. This is a picture from their deck and you can't see it, but there is a field of wildflowers to the left. It was an incredible place to sit, relax and soak in the view.

I don't get a lot of writing done when I am gone, but these small trips refill my creative energy. I blogged a few weeks ago about fully recharging, but these trips serve a different purpose.

When we went camping last month, I was filled with the fresh scent of pine, heard the calming sound of a running river and marveled at the clarity of the star-filled sky at night. From this past trip to Crested Butte, I tucked away in my memory the sounds of the bluegrass music we heard at a concert in a barn, the feeling of walking through a field of wildflowers as tall as my knees and being immersed in a laid-back mountain community where doors are left unlocked and everyone seemed happy.

We will be setting off for Mesa Verde in a few weeks and I know I will be come away from there with a connection to the past and the amazing history of the area.

These mini-vacations are giving me images, scents, feelings and experiences that can be used in my writing in the future. They will allow me to write more vivid descriptions, create believable characters and provide me with ideas for articles.

So, while I may not be getting a lot of writing done now, my future writing is going to reap the benefits. I encourage you to take some time to enjoy the world around you and soak it all in. You don't have to take notes or write down everything you see, just let yourself fully experience it. Then come back here to share and let others be inspired by what you have done.



Alton said...

Wow... vacations are my favorite. I have too many plannings for these vacations also along with a luxury vacation trip.

Pat said...

I had a mini-vacation moment this morning when I visited a friend's garden of daylilies. Surrounded by flowers as I looked across a field of native grasses toward the foothills, I felt as though I'd traveled a far distance from my own home. Actually, it had only taken twenty minutes to get there. There was a downside, however. My mini-vacation came complete with mosquitoes, creatures I rarely see in my own yard.

Kerrie said...

Mosquitoes are NO fun--but look at the bright side. Now we have you to write about a character in your book being eaten alive by mosquitoes you will have the personal experience to draw from.


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