My family and I love to travel, so I already have it sorted out in my mind what to take with me. Most importantly, I bring three notebooks: one for writing actual scenes from my book, one for writing ideas for other stuff (stories, poems, characters, et cetera), and a third for notes for another novel idea that's forming in my brain. Add around two to five novels to read (depending on the length of the trip), and a sketchbook, and mix well.
Congratulations-- you now have the recipe for a writer's-retreat-in-a-box... er, backpack. Side effects may include your bag starting to expel dragons due to an excessive fantasy intake, and a sore back after lugging around ten pounds of paper through a TSA line. But once you board that plane/car, you're golden (*coughs, Ponyboy*).
I get a ton of scenes done in planes; there's something about being in one place for hours, with few distractions, that lets your imagination (along with the rest of you) soar through the air, so to speak. An inspirational view is just a glance out the window, and, once you land, there'll be plenty of more new adventures for you to write about.
What are some of your must-haves in your carry-on bag? Comment below.
Ren Koppel Torres has adored fantasy books since the dawn of time and started The Shadow in Her Pocket at nine years old. Ren was born in New York City in a Jewish-Mexican-American family and now lives in Austin, Texas. Ren is passionate about advocating for child literacy and is donating a portion of the proceeds from book sales to Bookspring, a nonprofit in Central Texas. Ren is also a freelance writer, a visual artist, a guitarist in a rock band, a succulent aficionado, and a high school student.