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.
I am 15 years old, and started my first novel when I was 9, in response to a lack of smart female protagonists, interesting plots, and high-quality writing in the middle-grade genre. I have published an article in Writer’s Digest, “From YA to YEAH: 4 Ways to Keep Teen & Young Adult Readers Hooked,” and am featured in both The New Yorker and LitHub in cartoons by Bob Eckstein. I'm now working to get my debut fantasy, The Shadow in Her Pocket, published. When I’m not writing, I’m a sophomore in high school and a rock musician.