When you want to be a writer you never go on vacation. Did that sound right? Let me try again. Yes, take the vacation. Relax, play, and have fun. But don't forget to etch into your memory the sights and smells of your surroundings.
I recently returned from a week long trip to Virginia. I had a great time with a dear friend that moved there a year ago. As I was contemplating what to write today, it hit me. While there I witnessed the view of the Potomac River from the back porch of George Washington's home in Mount Vernon, walked the path of the Civil War battlefield in Fredricksburg, and saw a home still standing (with bullet holes to prove it) after the same battle.
Traveling cannot only be enjoyable, but taking in the sights can arm you with new ammunition for stories you were meant to tell. After my trip I am better qualified to write about Virginia, Mount Vernon, the Civil War, and other numerous sights I took in on my adventures.
Just some food for thought. Nothing new or profound. More anticipation and adventure can be added to your next vacation when you think of it as an opportunity to tell a story through the windows of your eyes.
Pictures- The only original remaining wall the confederates built during the Civil War, Innis House on the walk of the Fredricksburg battlefield, the front of Mount Vernon. (very upset that I did not take the view from George's back porch)