Travel Inspired Writing

Travel never fails to inspire me, whether I’m journeying to a new set of hiking trails or visiting another state. There’s something about being in a new place that wakes me up and makes me take notice of my world in different ways. Then, I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

Travel can benefit your writing, even if you don’t actually write about the places you go. Getting out of your usual groove to work on an ongoing project can bring new energy to your work. I always have my notebook with me.

As with any writing, sharing is optional. The opportunity to write from a new perspective could just be a great way to unleash your creativity and get some thoughts and ideas into words. You could journal, write letters that you’ll never send or just free write.

If you want to share your travel writing, there are more options than ever. Travel writing can mean freelance journalism, blogging, personal essay, book-writing and more. Check out the market before you submit, as you would before sending out any other writing. You’ll find many, many blogs focused on travel, from niche topics (boomer travel) to broader focuses (travel the South). You could guide others in their travels or share your experiences for those who are unable to travel. Consider what makes your perspective and voice unique, how you can help people see a destination in a new way. Your librarian can help you scout out the travel books market and your research could fuel your own ideas.

Get inspired to travel your state Sat, Sept 15, 2-3pm in the library’s Learning Center when Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe will share dozens of photos and tales from their travels in Kansas. As temperatures cool down this fall, consider taking a weekend road trip. The experience may just prompt some great writing, but even if it doesn’t, you’ll enjoy the ride.

While you’re here, visit the library’s Travel Neighborhood, for books and maps to help you explore just about anywhere in the world that you want to visit. Check out our travel blogs. Check out our writing neighborhood  for inspiration and advice to help you improve your writing skills. Below are my recommendations to get started.

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Miranda Ericsson

Miranda loves to talk lit, and to connect readers with great books. Her favorite reads are poetry, literary fiction, and speculative science fiction, and she's passionate about promoting literature written by Kansas authors. She works with library programs that support and engage writers in our community, so ask her for more information about the Local Writers Workshop and Great Writers Right Here author fair. Miranda also facilitates TALK book discussions, co-leads the BookBites book discussion group, and serves as a member of the library's 2Book Topeka team.