Writing Prompt: On the Road (Edinburgh to London)

I’m no Jack Kerouac. My journeys are not necessarily about self discovery, but I do find myself travelling quite a lot these days. I’m on a train heading into work for my weekly commute from Scotland to London. (I know…right!?)

However this is going to be a particularly tough week. I’ll be visiting Vienna, Oslo, Malta and Stockholm as well as going home to Edinburgh in between. This might sound glamourous, but in truth, after a while, all you want to do is stay home under the covers and sleep. These journeys for work can be entertaining if you’re with colleagues and clients you like, which fortunately, I will be, but you never quite clock off. It also makes writing a bit tough when you’re time-poor and tired. So, what’s my point? It’s that you must write even when you don’t feel like it. Inspiration is fickle and if you wait for when you’re in the mood, you’ll never do it.

So, here I am, at 8am heading into the office and I’m writing to you even though I should be wrapped up with my coat over my eyes snoozing for the week ahead. I’m listening to Radeohead too – that helps…

This week, I’ll be writing about my travels, who I see, what happens, any adventures…

Try this, during the week, as you go from place to place, whether it’s from home to work, taking the kids to school, hopping on a bus and going to some random place or hitting the shops, keep you eyes open and writing about the journey. Try to make it a travel diary of the day-to-day. You’ll be surprised how much interesting material is buries in what we treat as mundane, day-to-day routine. You just have to look out for it.

Safe travels! Catch you later…

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