Over at her website this week, friend and sister-writer Emily M. Akin writes about how to transform vacation experiences into writing ideas: Taking a Vacation from Writing?

Yesterday, I received a newsy email from my sister Alix. On the road to attend a family event, she booked an extra night at her motel to avoid driving home in inclement weather. Alix wrote: “I think I need to do this once a month.  Not go to a Ritzy hotel or far away – maybe find a cheap deal at a small local place.  So I could have some uninterrupted time to work that didn’t involve constant cleaning, errand running, taking care of pets, bookkeeping, or laundry!  I’ve gotten more done in a few hours last night and a few hours this morning than I can in a week at home.”

I haven’t had a real vacation since I-can’t-remember-when. To remedy the situation, the youngest and I are making a trip south later this summer to visit family and spend a couple of days on the beach.`I can’t wait to hit the road!

But I’m thinking…

I need to start planning another vacation, a writing vacation. Hole up somewhere comfortable on my own, free from the distractions and demands of everyday life. A holiday to glean ideas, and then to actually get them down in words.

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