24 May 2010

Writer on the Move - Travelling and Writing

On Sunday, I had a plane to catch. My flight was leaving at 6am, which meant I had to wake up at 3am (to be somewhat coherent by 4am when the taxi I ordered would pick me up). It was a crazy few hours but by the time I was on the plane to Amsterdam, I was actually awake and ready for the adventure.

Right now, I'm writing this blog post from Hague (also known as Den Haag), Netherlands. I'm here on a business trip, but that doesn't mean I'm about to completely give up writing while I'm here.

True, I promised myself I would study for my upcoming exams and work on my thesis, but giving up my passion simply doesn't feel right.

So here I am, a Writer on the Move. Here's how the trip went so far.

What I learned during my trip to Madrid, was to take something to read on the plane. I haven't thought about it last time and I spent over 3 hours bored out of my mind. This time, I took three recent issues of Writer's Digest. I didn't want to turn on my laptop while in the air and the noise from the engine meant I wouldn't be able to concentrate on writing long hand. So that left reading.

I found it amusing that the first article I've read was from Chris Guillebeau, who writes for The Art of Non-comformity. He was writing about being a mobile writer. Well what look at that, I'm just giving it a try, Chris.
But, to get back on topic, having good reading material turned out to be a blessing. I didn't even notice when I arrived in Amsterdam.

I'll probabyl write in the evenings, after the business side of my trip is taken care of, and after I study a bit. But that's no different than to how and when I write at home. Though, to be honest, there's one (BIG) difference between home and here. The price of the Internet. While I won't be writing in a park, just to catch a WiFi Hotspot, the hotel's rate for Internet access are terrifying. But one has to sacrifice, right?

I'm looking forward to seeing whether or not these new surroundings will affect my muse. I'll definitely keep you updated.


Chris Guillebeau said...

Happy writing and happy travels!

marion said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



Jane Rutherford said...

Chris: Thanks a lot! I hope it'll work out well for me *and* my writing.

Alena: Thank you for your comment, and good luck with yours :)

Unknown said...

Heh, maybe this is what I need to do to get back on track with my WiPs. Ok, not so much another country but maybe a trip across the UK.


Hope you catch some Wifi *grins*