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Here are the 7 Best Travel Destinations for Writers. Please enjoy this post and share with your friends.
Henry Miller, an American author, said, “One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.”
That’s why a change of scenery may be just what writers need to get their creative juices flowing in both inspired and uninspired moments.
You can travel to a faraway destination or a nearby town you have never visited before. The point is that even the slightest change can give you the motivation you need to start writing the best piece of your life.
So, if you’re planning to go on a writing travel adventure, keep reading this article as we prepared the list of the 7 best travel destinations for writers that inspired many throughout history.
Suppose you’re looking best travel destinations for writers in Europe. In that case, Scotland is a great place to start because it’s rich in literary history, making it one of the most genuinely inspirational places to wrap up that novel or start a writing career.
The Writer’s Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, allows aspiring authors to immerse themselves in the lives of literary greats from the past. The Surgeon’s Hall Museum is also nearby if you’re writing something with a medical motif.
Scotland is an ideal place to follow in the footsteps of Britain’s greats, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott, and JK Rowling.
If you’re looking for a more quiet and peaceful place to inspire your creativity in Scotland, we suggest settling in the Scottish Highlands and Glen Coe for some time.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Thanks to its hundreds of literature-focused boutiques, cafés, and events, Buenos Aires is brimming with places to enjoy a good book while surrounded by like-minded bibliophiles.
The Argentine capital has more bookstores per person than any other city in the entire world. You could spend a whole day browsing through the hundreds of librerías selling new and used books on Avenida Corrientes.
For this alone, it’s no surprise that Buenos Aires is a writer’s haven. The city has a long history of producing great writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, and Alejandra Pizarnik. Several local bookstores now represent cultural centers, hosting author readings, writing workshops, and live Latino music.
This literary metropolis also has a fascinating architectural masterpiece of a library, an accommodation named after Kafka, and cafés crammed with locals scribbling poetry in journals.
Buenos Aires is a city full of life and energy that will most definitely be an excellent inspiration for your writing.
It’s impossible to talk about the best travel destinations for writers and not mention Paris, France. Paris is one of the world’s leading art meccas, with an extensive array of museums and galleries to visit.
This mesmerizing city is home to some of the best works of Monet, Matisse, Picasso, and Van Gogh, to name a few. While strolling through the streets of Paris and observing the locals and tourists passing by, many artists and writers have been inspired to create films, books, and other works of art.
All you have to do is sit down for a cup of coffee and croissant in many cute cafes by the Seine and observe for hours. This is where you’ll breathe in all the inspiration and motivation you need for your novel, short story, or whatever literary piece you’re currently working on. You’ll also learn Frech a little by observing and listening.
Japan has many inspiring places to visit, from its unique culture to its food, natural scenery, and Buddhist heritage. On the other hand, Kyoto is one of the best travel destinations for writers and other artists to visit in Japan.
Kyoto is known for its spiritual culture, filled with temples, ancient relics, and lush gardens. This makes it the ideal location for discovering something new.
We suggest you visit one of the many temples in the area to invoke the spirit of this beautiful and unique land and let go of all your worries and doubts about your qualities and limitations.
This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and yourself and to let your creativity run wild.
The American Southwest is nothing short of captivating no matter what turn you make. It’s enough to say that Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was inspired by a road trip through this region. That’s why one of the best travel destinations for writers is the one and only Sedona, Arizona.
This unique city is known for its energy vortexes and post-modern vibe. There is a new inspiration at every turn. The colorful mountain terrain is ideal for painting and sketching, and the crisp mountain air and spectacular landscapes can clear your mind of all the clutter, allowing you to release the prolific words stored within.
While only a handful of writers originated from Venice, many wrote about it. And all of them were enchanted by its uniqueness, charm, and beauty. Dickens wrote that “Nothing in the world that you have ever heard of Venice is equal to the magnificent and stupendous reality… Venice is beyond the fancy of the wildest dreamer.” Doesn’t that say enough?
Every inch of Venice feels like it belongs in a fairytale. It’s tough not to feel inspired while reading on a balcony overlooking the narrow streets of Venice and listening in on Italian opera and millions of random conversations.
Every walk and meal eaten in the city is like something out of a movie. Given all this, Venice is one of the world’s most poetic cities. The silence of the night and the stillness of water lapping against its shores is genuinely inspiring. That is what makes it an ideal place for a writer’s retreat.
Iceland is now a popular holiday destination for both professional and aspiring writers. Whether the hundreds of years of stories about Vikings and their voracious exploits or the sympathetic, humourous novels of Halldór Laxness, this small Nordic country is a goldmine for book lovers and nerds around the world.
Furthermore, poetry and literature are deeply ingrained in Icelandic culture, and, believe it or not, many Icelanders will write a book at some point in their lives.
In addition, writing under the Northern Lights will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience. Nature in Reykjavik is something you can only experience in this part of the world and nowhere else. It’s magnificent and ever so inspiring.
Not to mention that Reykjavik is teeming with independent bookstores that will make any writer swoon.
When you decide which of these beautiful travel destinations for writers you want to visit or move to, you’ll have to find a proper way to transfer all your beloved and valuable books and writing materials, especially if you’re about to do an international relocation.
Now, packing your book collection before moving abroad can be challenging, but it’s of utmost importance to keep your pieces safe at all times. That’s why you need to find a moving crew that will go to lengths to safeguard your books and other belongings no matter how far you’re moving.
The change of scenery is something every writer needs to spruce up their creativity and inspiration. And nothing’s better for this than traveling.
We gave you the 7 best travel destinations for writers that won’t only get your creative juices going but will also be life-changing experiences with many unforgettable memories and adventures.
This is something everybody needs, especially writers. You never know what will inspire you – the cute cobblestone streets and architecture of Italy, the mesmerizing sky above Iceland, or breathtaking views of Scotland. However, one thing is sure – no matter which destination you choose, your inspiration will be reborn and refreshed.
There lived a man who had two sons. The oldest of the two sons was very hard-working. He helped his father in all his businesses.
The younger one was kind of extravagant.
One day, He did a very weird thing.
“Dad, I want to tell you a very important thing”, he paused. “Dad I want my portion of your estate before you die.” He looked at his toes.
“What,what do you mean son,” He looked surprised. After some time, his Dad succumbed.
Not many days after, he gathered all that he had and went to a very far away country and wasted his money on prostitutes and riotous living.
As you would expect, his pocket went dry. In the country, a very high inflation arose and he began to be in demand.
He went to a farmer who took care of pigs. He was so hungry that he wanted to eat the pig’s food. One day, he sat down and thought,
“The chefs, butlers, maids, drivers and all my dad’s servants have enough to eat and here I am wallowing in hunger.”
So he traveled back to his father but when it was still far behind, his father ran to him and hugged him instead of reproving him.
He commanded a beautiful dress, shoes and ring and of course a fat cow. The youngest son ate so much food that he was not able to walk. His father threw a party.
The oldest son came home from one of his father’s businesses only to find out what happened. He was very angry.
What do you expect? His father came out and after listening to what his son said. He said, “Son, all that I have is yours. Your brother was dead, now he is alive, he was lost and now he’s found. Don’t be angry.”
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Write a great proposal. If you can’t write a good one, pay someone to write a good proposal for you.
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Sounds familiar? Then, by now, you’d probably read everything you could get your hands on, nailed down grammar rules, done your share of staring at the blank screen or piece of paper before finally spilling out words, played with the format, and learned how to build a story and characters.
Now, you want to go for the gusto. But what is it that distinguishes someone who dons the title of “professional” from a hobby writer? NowNow Books is here to cut through the fog and show you the practical steps you need to take if you want to become a writer.
Table of Contents
Steps to take if you want to become a writer
Create a consistent writing schedule
As a writer, most likely, you’re filled with ideas. However, if you’re going to turn those ideas into pages, you must make writing a regular habit.
Finding the time and the discipline to write in a jam-packed schedule can be a hurdle, especially if you have a full-time job.
But those who make it past it, on the other hand, are already hallway to ‘making it.’
Create a routine and stay consistent
Identify a time of day that works best for you. Then, set the same writing time every day – or, if it’s more realistic, every other day.
Prioritize your projects. Make a list of ideas in order of priority. Then, create an outline, milestones, and deadlines, starting from the first one on your list.
Define your goals. Whether it’s a daily word count or finishing a task by a set deadline, setting writing goals helps you break large projects into more manageable chunks.
Have a plan for writer’s block. Writer’s blocks are pretty much unavoidable, so why not plan ahead to use that time productively? For instance, you can do some research on your subject matter and write some prompts.
Set up a writing zone
If you hope to become a full-time, published writer, you need to set up your writing zone.
Sure, you were probably able to eke out some outstanding stories in a less-than-desirable setting. However, a writer’s workspace should be a sacred environment where they’re alone with their wild and inexhaustible imagination.
Having a dedicated workspace takes the guessing out of there you’re going to do your writing every day, thus increasing your motivation and productivity.
Some privacy and little to no foot traffic: you need to be able to enter your fantasy world.
A high-quality, ergonomic chair: your office furniture should offer lower back support and help you maintain good posture.
A plan for organization and storage: the space should be ship-shape. Your paperwork and book collection should be stored out of the way and neatly organized. This way, it won’t be cluttering your desktop space, and you’ll be able to keep it in good condition for years. The same applies to your computer files. So, organize them in folders and label them for easy access.
Equip yourself with the right writing tools
Now that you have the right environment, you need to find the best writing tools for your needs. These can have a tremendous effect on your output in various ways.
For instance, online whiteboards are great for helping writers visually sketch their book outline and character bios. Tools like Grammarly discovers and fixes grammatical errors and typos, whereas word processing apps like SmartEdit, Etherpad, and Focus Writer make writing more manageable.
There are countless other tools and services you can utilize to help you with organization, productivity, formatting, editing, etc.
If you want to become a writer – a professional one – you need the right tools.
Pick up credentials
Creativity and an excellent grasp of the language you write in are two core requirements of being a writer. The rest is much more fluid.
However, seeking relevant, formal education can undoubtedly help writers develop their craft, form a network with other writers, or get them more writing gigs.
This is even more so for nonfiction writers. Further education can include anything from MFA, BA, Ph.D., and an associate degree to certificates/short-term programs offering foundational education and skill-based training.
Get it in front of readers
Once you have produced work you are proud of, it’s time you sniffed out your publishing options. Lucky for today’s budding authors, there are more publishing routes than ever.
For starters, do you want to self-publish or seek a traditional publishing deal? If the latter, are you considering sending your work off to a small independent publisher or a large publisher?
For example, fictional writers can get their foot in the door by submitting their short stories to contests and magazines accepting pitches.
Of course, there are pros and cons to each publishing path. So, take a look at them and decide the one best for you to get your byline out in the world.
Create a strong portfolio
With some publications under your belt, you have everything you need to put together a nicely bundled portfolio and show the world what you can do. For authors who want to build their brand, promote their work, and connect with their audience and fellow creatives, social media is the place to be. So, start sharing your latest pieces and building your following.
The real calling card, however, is your website. It shows to editors, agents, and publishers who look you up that you’re dedicated to your career. Visit GoDaddy or Namecheap to register a domain name, or WordPress, Wix, or SquareSpace to sign up for a free site.
Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire a professional web designer, your website must reflect your brand, list your credentials, and above all — display your work.
Start writing grants and fellowships
At one point or another, you might find yourself with a massive, time-consuming project on your hands. And, at that moment, you’ll realize that love for words alone won’t pay your bills – well, at least not until you start writing professionally full time.
Whether your actual income is patchy or you need something extra to fund your writing, some grant money might do you good.
Aim for editorial collaboration
When the time comes to prepare your work for the big stage, you’ll need some help from a professional editor. The thing is that it’s next to impossible to remain completely objective about our own work, regardless of how eagle-eyed we may be.
In other words, they’ll probably spot whatever’s keeping your work from being as effective as it could be. Plus, they have the necessary knowledge of the craft and genre expectations, but also the publishing business and today’s market.
All this means they’ll save you enormous amounts of time and anguish in deepening, developing, and polishing your story. That’s why a creative needs an editor.
In truth, even editors need editors. And while such collaboration may be on the somewhat expensive side, it’s well worth it.
All creatives benefit from a competent editor.
A final word from NowNow Books: ready to become a writer?
These are some practical steps you ought to take if you want to become a writer. Actually, scratch that – if you wish to become a professional writer. Best of luck on your journey!
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Getting payment from Amazon
You should not be surprised that this question, how do I receive payment from Amazon in Nigeria? is one of the most common frequently asked questions by Nigerian authors?
Authors put their books on the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing platform to sell them and make money. If they make money, they would expect to receive their book royalty or their income.
However, it’s important to note that, as is the case with some online stores, the mode of paying authors in Nigeria has been very cumbersome and indirect. This way, some authors always want to be sure If the payment mode will be in their favor before they dive in.
How do I receive payment from Amazon in Nigeria: Check payment
One of the ways Amazon pays Nigerian authors is by Check. To qualify for payment, you have to have sold a minimum of $100 worth of hooks.
There are many downsides to this mode of paying Nigerians by Amazon. Let us look at them:
You have to make a minimum of £100, €100, etc. In all currencies, before you can be paid. I think Amazon should have allowed currency conversion in this regard. That is, your book sales in all the currencies should be added under one currency so that authors can reach the threshold on time.
If Amazon cuts you a check and sends it to your address in Nigeria, it can get lost in transit, especially with the situation of things in the country.
There is also the problem of the commission you have to pay to turn the check into the local currency when you receive the Check in Nigeria.
How do I receive payment from Amazon in Nigeria: Through Payoneer
Payoneer became the saving grace for Nigerian authors. This is a middle service that receives your book royalty from Amazon and then you can cash out from your Payoneer account.
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