Vacation For Inspiration
A winter vacation was a badly-needed escape for me this year, as my life has been rather jam-packed as of late--I am planning my wedding, which will take place this summer, and I've recently begun the process of purchasing my first home. Ironically, I just finished reading In the Moment by Jennifer Wilck, a contemporary romance in which the heroine, Cassie Edwards, has also purchased a home. Cassie, a former foster child, has purchased a beautiful Victorian Mansion and she enlists the help of photojournalist Rayne Tucket in fixing it up. Though neither is on a vacation so to speak, both are trying to put the memories of hard pasts behind them and they find solace in this beautiful place, which, in spite of their resistance, Rayne's in particular, provides them both with a fresh start. It later provides them with a new lease on life too, namely love, but first the two must become better acquainted with one another and come to know one another at the heart. Rayne's spontaneous retreat with Cassie makes him realize he can live again.
As writers, we often must write wherever and whenever the opportunity comes our way--life is full of obstacles and responsibilities which often require us to put our writing on the back-burner, unless we take opportunity to write whenever we can. This isn't always the best way, however--though I have written everywhere from the day job to the backseat of a car, I cherish those moments when I can do in under a tree or beside a river. Nature, for me, helps me to tune out the loud and often negative tone of reality and focus strictly on what is happening inside my imagination. Writing can be considered a form of retreat in and of itself, but the farther I can venture away from the busyness and the craziness to make my retreat the better--it only gets me that much closer to that place of inspiration I'm seeking.
Making the time for a vacation isn't always possible. But time can often be made for a short retreat if you're willing to make the effort. Whether you're a writer or otherwise, all of us can benefit greatly from a little well-planned down time. Your break from reality may just inspire you to do something you never thought possible!