How Not to Get Writer’s Block While on the Road
Finding time to write for fun, write for work, or journal for peace of mind is hard enough with day-to-day work and family responsibilities. Add in a road trip or business trip and you lose even more precious writing hours. But just because you have to sacrifice writing time for driving time, doesn’t mean you need to lose out on writing inspiration.
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“If you’re the one doing the driving, of course you won’t be able to get any work done behind the wheel. And that’s okay since your attention should rightfully be on the road,” reports TheWriteLife.com writer Kristen Pope. “However, the scenes you see while driving can provide great inspiration for your writing, whether you notice a kitschy roadside attraction you’d like to write about, or drive past an area that would be an ideal setting for your novel.”
If you’re riding shotgun, take advantage of technological advances and have your laptop, tablet, or even audio recorder handy—just make sure you consistently secure your work.
“To help get ahead of any problems you may face, be sure to constantly back up your writing. Use a flash drive, external hard drive, or cloud to keep your progress protected, because nothing ruins a trip faster than finding out the last 30 pages of your manuscript didn’t save,” reports Bustle.com writer Sadie Trombetta.
Don’t worry if you prefer old school writing tools—they will serve you well on the road, too.
“Take a notebook and spend some time brainstorming and outlining whatever article or story you’re working on,” according to Pope.
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Finally, look at writing away from your normal routine as a creative positive.
“Traveling, whether it is for work, for a family vacation, or for fun, can be an incredibly inspiring experience,” according to Trombetta. “While you work from the road, don’t forget to let the people you meet, the places you see, and the experiences you have shape your work.”