Lessons Learned

3 Tips for Writing While on a Family Vacation

July 5, 2014

As I write this, my family and I are sitting in a hotel room. The kids are watching Captain America, the husband is working on his computer, and I’m writing. This is how it goes if you want to do any writing at all while you are on a family vacation. The truth is, we never take vacations because if we’re not writing, we are thinking about it, or taking notes.

So before you drive yourself crazy beating yourself up about taking a whole week, two weeks, or more without doing any writing while you’re on vacation, I’m here to tell you that you can write while on a family vacation.

Here are a few tips that have worked for me:

1. Let Go of Any and All Expectations
First and foremost, you have to “Let it Go.” Don’t expect to get a lot done and don’t expect to find a quiet spot. Once you realize you aren’t going to be extremely prolific and you won’t be alone, you’ll be less tense about not getting any writing done and more relaxed when you do get the opportunity to knock out some words. Remember you are on vacation, even though you really aren’t.

2. Be Prepared
Take your computer, your notebook, your Smartphone, or whatever you use to take notes and write. When you get inspiration or the muse taps your shoulder right as your standing in front of the Grand Canyon with your family to snap a photo, you’ll be able to capture it. Also be sure to let your family know that you’ll be taking advantage of any down time you have by writing. Let them know you love them but that you need some time to write. By now, they should already know that it’s your passion or livelihood so they’ll roll their eyes and allow you to go off for a while, but not too long.

3. Enjoy Yourself
These people support your writing (If they don’t then there’s a larger issue here). They love you and you love them. You’ve planned this vacation, spent the money, drove or flew the miles, and you’re on vacation together. Go easy on yourself and enjoy the moment. You’ll be back at home doing dirty laundry and writing without interruption again.


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  1. Thanks alot:-)
    I’ m working on a project right now, and only have about two months to complete it. so this was very helpful to me. Thanks for the help.

  2. The thing I love about writing is that you can write from just about anywhere! The freedom writing gives makes me just want to take off to some off the beaten path destination and just sit down, relax, and write the day away! 🙂

  3. It’s wonderful to write anywhere. But vacation and down time are just as important as putting words down on paper. Sometimes you have to give it a break, and not feel pressured into writing anything. You know you’re a writer – and will get back to it when you return refreshed and ready to continue creation. (Unless you’re on a deadline, of course!)

    1. Boop, good point you brought up. Breaks are absolutely important! Sometimes for me though I get touched by the muse when I’m trying to take a break…she never lets me alone! 🙂

      1. Ah! That’s a blessing! If the muse is whispering, listen! I just feel that it’s good to take a break for a day or two to rejuvenate the mind.

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