Emma has some great ideas for writing on vacation in order to meet writing deadlines. In fact, I think I'll use these suggestions for my everyday life as well! What are your words of advice to those on a deadline? How do you keep on track as well as find 'you time'?
Most people anticipate doing as little as possible while on a vacation. The desire is to leave the strain of work behind and recharge. However, a writer with looming deadlines doesn’t always have that luxury. They might need to do some work while they are away. That can be difficult when you don’t have your usual work environment to utilize. Here are five tips and tricks to help you get a little work done without missing much of your vacation.
Working at Night
Often the best hours to find your muse are when the rest of the house is asleep. This can be especially true when you are on vacation. Catching a few hours of silence before everyone wakes up or after they have gone to bed can be a great way to avoid missing anything.
Sometimes bringing a laptop along isn’t very feasible, so it is a good idea to have lighter and more portable options. A tablet is a good way to go if you still want the use of a word processor. There are also many apps available for a smartphone, with the ease of emailing it to yourself. Perhaps going old school, with a simple notebook and pen would be easiest.
There are also apps for your phone that will allow you to record your voice while dictating your notes. You can capture your brilliant ideas and transcribe them when you get home. This can be best used when you are somewhere and just need to capture your thoughts quickly before they disappear.
Why not turn your project into s group activity and get those on vacation with you to help? Perhaps you can start a dinner discussion about your characters or poll the people around the pool about possible plot points. Often including people helps it feel less like work and more like socializing.
If you aren’t able to get any work done while you were on vacation, don’t be too hard on yourself. The relaxation of taking a break can be a jumpstart for your creative mind. That means you will be able to work much more productively when you return to your regular office environment.
The biggest tip of all is to remember that you are on your vacation to celebrate the hard work you do. Don’t let the work worry you enough to ruin that feeling. Make sure you are relaxing, recharging and making the most of your fun adventures away from the page.
The Rough Lord
July 1, 2019
Historical ~ Victorian
Seven Deadly Sins in Victorian London: Sloth
Clayton Powell, one of the younger brothers to the Duke of Ashford has returned to England a very different man. He survived being kidnapped, traveling to Africa, and losing his twin brother. Yet, he’s not sure he face his family knowing he’s no longer the boy they remember. Lord Powell became Mr. Murdoch, a well- respected home builder in Cape Town and now he is slow to return to his title.
Lady Aurora Chadwick had suffered through too many boring London seasons and now finds herself in a difficult situation. Too much time at the card table and she has collected a substantial debt. A plan develops, involving a house she needs to sell and a charming stranger she meets on a carriage ride. She knows it should be just business between her and Mr. Murdoch, but something about him draws her in.
A case of mistaken identity could lead to love, if the two people involved are willing to admit who they really are to each other and themselves.
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Emma Brady is an author who loves a hot hero and a happy ending. She writes Historical romance because dukes are awesome. She loves to play with her nephews and her dog when not writing. Her books are available on amazon.
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