Rediscover Creativity For Your Writing
As a writer who suffers from writer’s block more times than she cares to admit, I can say traveling is a key to unlocking a writer’s mind.
At the age of six, I knew I wanted to be an author. I used my little brain’s big imagination to create wild stories of animals living in townhouses, and ladybugs gaining their spots by winning baking competitions. But as I got older, it seemed my imagination was harder to come by.
Naturally, I blamed it on the stress and daily duties that come with growing up and “adulting.” For a while, I stopped writing altogether. With college life encompassing the air around me, it was difficult to find a few moments to jot down a few creative thoughts, or even think with the right side my brain for that matter.
It wasn’t until I took the summer off to travel around Europe I found my inspiration for writing all over again.
Any Great Story Begins With An Adventure
My trip started in a mix of rain and sunshine in London. The traffic and bustle around the city sparked creativity all around me. There were storage containers turned into little shops and cafes. The aesthetic alone was enough to inspire me to write stories of hideaway places.
I brought a journal along with me on the trip in hopes I would be motivated to write. After a few days in London, I began free writing every day.
Each journal entry was simple. I wrote about the things I saw or overheard while traveling around foreign cities.
While in Paris, I described in detail how the lights of the Eiffel Tower seemed to shine brighter than all of New York City at the beginning of each hour. I also described the robbery I witnessed while enjoying dinner outside of a French restaurant.
In Amsterdam, I penned my emotional experience at the Anne Frank museum, and wrote the story of how I almost died while riding a bike (about triple the size of me) and dodging traffic on the busy Holland streets.
The Swiss Alps made me realize that sometimes, words are not strong enough to depict the true beauty of the Earth’s masterpieces. So instead of writing about the immense beauty I saw in the mountains, I jotted down how emboldening that once-in-a-lifetime view made me feel.
Italy took me back to my familial roots. The romantic atmosphere of Venice ignited a new creative side to my writing. I found myself writing about the ancestors I’d never met who had grown up in Sicily. I even conjured up different stories about how my great-great-grandparents could have fallen in love.
My Adventures Are My Inspiration
And so on and so forth. I utilized my adventures to not only inspire me to continue writing, but to also motivate me to want to write that book I’ve dreamed about for so long. While it’s nothing more than a work in progress, I’m happy to finally begin working on my ideas.
Without the experiences I had abroad, I never would have been able to reconnect with my creative side. Traveling is the ideal way to connect with new people, new cultures, and new adventures that will inspire you to fill your blank pages with beautiful prose and fulfill your dreams.
My dream is just getting started. Where will traveling take yours?
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Written by Kayla Keller
Originally published on Medium.