Travel writing reality
Some days, travel writing is a struggle. Other days, when I’m in the zone, I can’t write fast enough. My brain goes into an overdrive as ideas and words go off like a firework symphony in my head.
I love to travel and when I’m not able to go anywhere, writing about it allows me to relive the experiences, the places I’ve been to and the people I’ve met. It becomes a digital travel diary that brings me back to a particular time and place I’ve written about. At the same time, it allows me to share my stories with others and hopefully inspire them to travel and see the world. Sounds easy, right?
It isn’t always so.
The lows then the ups
Sometimes I am just too exhausted to write. My brain goes numb and there is zero creativity. I can’t formulate words and the whole idea of bringing myself to write is just repulsing. I become so busy with everyday life that inspiration eludes me. This seems to get worse as the time between travelling gets longer. I lose interest in everything travel-related that normally drives me and makes me happy. The idea of abandoning it all – the blog, the social media sites – becomes very tempting. After all, who cares?
There are days when I’m close to giving up. Then a random message from a complete stranger telling me that something I’ve posted or written inspired them to travel comes along. Every now and then someone I haven’t seen in a while tells me they enjoyed reading something I wrote. I then go back and read my own blogs. In them I find what motivated me to write in the first place. The love for travel and travel writing.
Repeating the past?
I did it once before. Gave up before I really got started. Took me over seven years to find my groove again. Giving it up is easy. Definitely easier than trying. But there is a saying that if it was easy everyone would do it. So true.
I’m not good with scheduling my writing times as I need to be in the mood to write. It’s not something I can enter into my routine. I can, however, take advantage of those moments of creativity to create momentum and inspiration. I read other people’s blogs. I go back to my old posts. I go to my “drafts.” Just doing those things keeps me from giving up. It also helps me find new inspiration to share my adventures. I can’t wait to share them with you soon.
After all, who cares? I do. And I definitely don’t want to take the easy way out again.
Do you find it easy to blog all the time? How do you deal with writer’s block? Let me know!