Writing Abroad.

It’s no surprise that I am currently living in Australia for a couple months. Living abroad has been a dream of mine since high school and since I never got the study abroad experience in college I decided I would take the year after college and travel and write.

The traveling part of it all has been going amazingly. I’ve seen so many beautiful areas of Sydney and even spent some time in the Great Barrier Reef. It has been a bucket list trip to say the least but almost two months in to my three months here I had written a couple paragraphs and that’s it.

I’ve been finding it really hard to find the motivation and inspiration to write abroad. A roadblock I didn’t expect. I’ve been finding it so exciting seeing sights and spending time with new people way more appealing than staying in my room or a coffee shop slaving over my pitiful excuse for a novel.

But, somehow, somewhere, I have recently found all the inspiration in the world to start writing again. (I can’t forget to mention that this wouldn’t have happened without the push from my oh so supportive partner.)

My 10 page short story has now transformed itself into a 45 page portion of a YA novel. (more information to come). And a few poems here and a few blog posts there I have found a new lease to my writing life. I feel alive and able to write a million words. (I actually have to be pried away from my computer at times).

Of course my novel is no where near completion and probably won’t be for another couple months to possibly years but it’s getting somewhere and that’s better than what it was just a week ago.

I now have a new appreciation for those who have been able to make traveling and writing their career. I always thought I wanted to do just that but now looking at it and thinking about it I think I might just have to stick with writing in where I am going to call home permanently (for now).

Are you a traveling writer? Do you have any tips on young new traveling writers to keep their inspiration and motivation going? Share your thoughts with me. (Please.)


-Lauren Elizabeth


2 thoughts on “Writing Abroad.

  1. Tyler B. Humphries says:

    When I️ studied abroad back in 2016, I️ was working on the ending of a television script and developing ideas for my senior film project. What helped motivate me to write was the fact that I️ had a deadline and I️ was short on time. I’m from the U.S. but I️ studied in Switzerland. It was my first time outside of the U.S. and I️ had wanderlust. Because I️ was traveling through out Europe while still going to class, I️ only had a certain amount of “free” time and that really made me sit down and write. And traveling to so many different places and meeting so many different people gave me a lot of ideas for my senior project. You don’t always have to write in your room. One time I️ found myself writing on a train coming from Venice to Rome.

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