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Traveling Sparks Inspiration

It’s spring break for me! I’ve been very busy sleeping, reading and eating lots of chocolate. That’s what spring breaks are for, right? Okay so I’ve also been putting my hours in at Disney (it’s my secret job) and writing, too. But overall, just having lots of fun.

One of my favorite things to do during my breaks from school is traveling. Over on the OneFours, a debut group of 2014 kidlit authors, I talk about my inspirations for writing GILDED and if you read that post, you’ll see that travel has been a big part of my life and inspired nearly everything I write.

The thing about traveling is it sparks our brains. It helps us look at the world in different ways and gives us a new perspective on the world. After living overseas for a decade and traveling to numerous countries, I know my world-view is completely different. And with each journey, there is an adventure. You just have to look for it.

As I was revising GILDED last month, it brought back so many memories for me of things I did in Korea. It’s kind of crazy to think that nearly every scene in GILDED was inspired from a real life event (added in with my crazy, wild imagination).

Here’s a vlog I did while in the airport in Atlanta about how to Overcome Writer’s Block through traveling:

8 Responses to Traveling Sparks Inspiration

  1. Bonnee says:

    I love how travelling can impact our writing! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Mirka Breen says:

    For me, traveling (and all changes in routine) tend to s-l-o-w down time… which is very productive to getting the rusty gears moving again.

  3. Good reminder! Every new experience in life becomes fodder for writing later. As it happens, I’m taking a trip to Germany next week! I can’t wait to see what inspiration I find there.

  4. Jemi Fraser says:

    I don’t travel very often, but you’re so right – we get so much inspiration from it!

  5. Akoss says:

    I would love to travel a little but I have to wait until I can afford it. Meanwhile I can always go to the park or something.
    Great vlog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’d love to travel more. It sparks my imagination.

  7. Nutschell says:

    i get so many story ideas when im traveling to some new place! great post ๐Ÿ˜€

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