Writing in Unexpected Places

I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last three weeks in Continental Europe, where I’ve done my fair share of eating, exploring, more eating, and lots and lots of writing (to the extent where I’m beginning to question whether or not this is in fact a ‘holiday’). I always carry around a pen and some paper with me just in case there’s something I’d like to jot down, and to my great delight, I’ve been writing practically nonstop in all sorts of wonderful and unexpected places, such as:

  • A car driving all around Belgium (this mightn’t have been as effective if I was also the driver)
  • Trains all over Belgium
  • St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral in Brussels
  • A not-so-yummy restaurant in Brussels
  • An uber yummy brasserie in Liège

Writing in these unexpected places has reinforced my love for penning thoughts on the go, and apart from boosting my word count, I was also able to capture a bunch of things that would’ve normally eluded me. I’m not talking about writing an entire novel on the go (though maybe there are some super organised people out there who can do that), but about writing snippets of things that tend to come more easily and naturally to us when exposed to a new environment—and these snippets, small and fragmented as they are, can be really useful in improving that poem or short story or novel you’re working on. Here are five reasons why.

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[Giveaway] Postcards from Belgium

To celebrate the beginning of 2012 and my inaugural visit to Belgium, I’m hosting a postcard giveaway! I’ll be sending out three (3) postcards from Belgium to anywhere in the world, and you can gain entries by doing any/all of the following things:

  • +1 Answer this easy question: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when somebody says “Belgium!”?
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Ready to enter? Simply fill out the following Rafflecopter form (i.e. not the comment box, though you’re more than welcome to leave a comment) by 15 January 2012, and you’re all set! Have a Happy New Year—or, as they would say in Belgium, Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!


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