Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler by Lavinia Spalding is a great writing resource. Whether you plan to explore a faraway land or someplace within your city limits, this book is chockfull of prompts, tips, and ideas to help you open up all your senses, soak in your surroundings, and be a better journal writer. One of the gifts of keeping a good journal is documenting moments in time that could later be polished and turned into publishable articles, essays, poetry. As I read her book it was as though memory suitcases were dusted off in the attic of my mind and opened. I was reminded of some incidents and events during my travels around the world and for that I’m grateful. I made the mistake that I would remember more from my trips than I actually did. Even if you don’t plan to go anywhere in the immediate future or you’re stuck with a temporary case of writer’s block, Writing Away will light a fire in you and help you improve your craft as a writer.
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