I always figured I could write anywhere. When I started out, I carried a bound notebook and a pen. I wrote when and wherever the spark hit me. Years later, I write on the computer and have a hard time getting anything done outside of certain places. I have a home office, and this is one of the spots that works for me. Also, I write in my office at work on my lunch breaks. These are places where I’m comfortable.
Unfortunately for me, I travel quite a bit in my current job. I’m typically out of town every other week, living out of hotel rooms. I thought this would be ideal for writing. I’m alone in a hotel room for several evenings. I have nothing better to do — right? Then how come I have a hard time writing when I’m out of town?
I think it is a psychological thing, and I haven’t quite worked out how to get past it yet. I’m a creature of habit. I like routine. I have a hard time being productive when I’m out of my element. I recognize these things and have tried to set up a travel writing routine: Get off work, eat dinner, go back to the room and write for at least an hour before calling it a day. It sound so easy, and yet here I am frustrated over the whole thing.
So now I’m thinking I need to find a place away from the hotel to write. In the hotel room, it’s too easy to lay on the bed or turn on the television. Maybe a coffee shop, although I don’t drink coffee. I think I’m going to look for a place in each of the areas that I travel. I just now recognized, while typing this, that another issue I have with writing while I travel is that I hate to type on a laptop. I use a normal keyboard at work and home. I only use the laptop keyboard when I travel. Hmm, I wonder how much trouble it would be to carry a spare keyboard in my bag? Do they make portable keyboards that are easy to carry around?
Time to stop fretting and make some changes.