I’m going to Maui!!! Should I take my laptop? This question has been nagging me since I booked my trip. Is vacation writing time or is it a vacation from writing? Is vacation for reading? There are many books I need to catch up with…but all that free time, I should also use it to write…right?
One could go crazy with this! I know I am driving myself insane…but it is a legit problem for people who went from hobby writer to business writer. In my case I enjoy writing so much that I consider writing time part of my vacation…even if I am writing for publication. Yet, I still struggle with this question because going to Maui with my husband collides with isolating myself to write. A family vacation surely would also bring writers to the same dilemma…below are some ideas on how to deal with it.
· Plan your vacation time: Know exactly what activities will be spent with your travel companions. If we know when we need to be available, we are more likely to enjoy those moments and get away with taking time to write.
· Limit your writing time. This means, that we also need to be able to rest, relax, and take in our surroundings.
· Be clear on what you use your writing time for. I am a multi-project writer, so I think that there might be others like me who want to work on an infinite amount of ideas. I believe that attitude also needs to go on vacation, and instead we need to focus on one project that is relaxing and has no deadline.
We take time off for a reason. Some need to recharge, other need to reconnect with loved ones. We need to hold on high priority the reasons that took us out of our daily routine. So, am I taking my computer to write with my toes buried in Maui’s warm, white sand? You can bet on it!