This post is about holidays for writers. Are they a bit of heaven or a sentence in hell?
‘A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.’ ~Eugene Ionesco
In between avoiding deadlines and a nervous breakdown, I have been day-dreaming about getting away for the holidays.
Holidays For Writers
What is a perfect holiday for a writer?
- The beach? This would be a great place to unwind and work on that unearthly writer’s pallor. Right now, I can hear the Umhlanga surf call to me—I can smell the sunscreen. Maybe I’ll catch up on some paperback or Kindle reads.
- The mountains? If you’re the more rugged writer, getting out into the Drakensberg would put you in touch with nature. It would certainly stimulate the senses, make your writing more elemental.
- A small town? There’s nothing better than escaping to cosy hideaway like Clarens. Sitting with your notebook at a café, sipping a cappuccino and people-watching—it doesn’t get better than that.
- The stay-at-home holiday? This can have hidden benefits for the writer. Beside the occasional party or braai, you have a lot of free time to plug in your iPod, listen to some 80s hits and do some writing.
Of course, some might say you need a break from writing. A breather is never a bad idea—it often puts your writing in perspective. However, I’d still encourage you to write in your journal. Stephen King says he only takes Christmas Day off and, even then, might still write on Christmas morning.
What will you be doing?
P.S.: This post was in no way sponsored by South African tourism boards.
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