We published a reading list last month, and I have my kindle pre-loaded with exciting new material to enjoy on vacation, but it struck me that I’m just as excited about writing while I’m away. These days, work/life is so busy that I don’t get to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys, if we’re being accurate) as much as I would like to. In fact, I haven’t written any stories yet, this year, as far as I can recall. My summer holiday is one of the few occasions where I have some dedicated time to do what I want, and so I come into it with a moleskine brim full of notes, and I often feel inspired by the new locations, and the new books, that I encounter. Last year my entire output of creative writing was four short stories, and two of those were written on my summer holiday. This year, I’m hoping to do the same. I don’t know how many other writer’s feel the same - and whether they use the summer break to stop writing and recharge, or whether, like me, the writing itself can power up your energy. Do you write on vacation? I did a quick google search to see if any well-known best sellers were written or inspired by holidays, but it was hard to sort through the millions of summer book reading lists that bubbled to the top of the list. Let me know if you are aware of any blockbusters written on a beach. I’d be curious to see if writers view vacations in the same way…

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