In My Mind, Travel and Writing Are Inextricably Linked

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I’m in Milwaukee for the Women in Travel Summit, sequestered in a Hilton Lounge. There’s a small part of me that wishes I had planned better, gone out less, and logged out of Facebook more so I could actually enjoy my mini trip. I’m facing several looming deadlines, set backs on personal projects and an avalanche of emails that multiply with every click and refresh. You’d think I’d be stressed. Instead, I’m reveling in the fact that I’m away, am actively ignoring my surroundings and I can write in peace.

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A Month in Obsession: March 2017

March has always been my most hated month and this one has been particularly cruel. Not only was it gloomier, rainier and snowier than usual–after a freakishly mild February–but I also lost my steam and my mojo along the way. There were a few bright spots, though, and this is my round-up of my crumble of blessings.

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Where I Get My Ideas So You Can Too

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Of all the parts of the writing process that may mystify non-writers, one seems to stand out above all else: ideas. Specifically, where writers get ideas. It’s the question I get asked the most and, though I should be used to it by now, it still surprises me. This is literally the easiest part of the whole ordeal. I have ideas for days, weeks, years. Notebooks full of them. Much like my reading list, I’m pretty sure they’ll outlive me as well. Could this be my artistic superpower? Perhaps. In any case, I tried to reverse engineer my thought process when brainstorming instead of being annoying and stating it’s a flash of brilliance that comes at me at unexpected times. It certainly feels that way, though my rational explanation is that my subconscious has been percolating these nuggets while I was busy watching The Bachelor or spacing out on Facebook. There are a few strategies I’ve been able to discover and can hopefully help you when you’re stuck.

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