Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler

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Two major trends have recently swept the travel world: the first, an overwhelming desire (thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert?s bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love) to write one?s own memoir; the second, an explosion of social media, blogs, twitter and texts, which allow travelers to document and share their experiences instantaneously. Thus, the act of chronicling one?s journey has never been more popular, nor the urge stronger.

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Two major trends have recently swept the travel world: the first, an overwhelming desire (thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love) to write one’s own memoir; the second, an explosion of social media, blogs, twitter and texts, which allow travelers to document and share their experiences instantaneously. Thus, the act of chronicling one’s journey has never been more popular, nor the urge stronger.

Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, will inspire budding memoirists and jetsetting scribes alike. But Writing Away doesn’t stop there—author Lavinia Spalding spins the romantic tradition of keeping a travelogue into a modern, witty adventure in awareness, introducing the traditional handwritten journal as a profoundly valuable tool for self-discovery, artistic expression, and spiritual growth.

Writing Away teaches you to embrace mishaps in order to enrich your travel experience, recognize in advance what you want to remember, tap into all your senses, and connect with the physical world in an increasingly technological age. It helps you overcome writer’s block and procrastination; tackle the discipline, routine, structure, and momentum that are crucial to the creative process; and it demonstrates how traveling—while keeping a journal along the way—is the world’s most valuable writing exercise.

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“Spalding reminds us to journey conscientiously, to arrive awakened, and to write with all our hearts. This is a beautifully vital antidote to the frenetic buzz of blogging and texting, to be savored and shared.” —Alexandra Fuller, author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and The Legend of Colton H. Bryant

“Lavinia Spalding has given travelers a witty, profound, and accessible exploration of the hows and whys of keeping a journal. Novices and veterans alike will find inspiration and fresh ideas on every page, along with practical suggestions to bring out the best writer in anyone…. Buy two copies—one to meditate on at home and another to dogear, underline and carry alongside your own journal en route.” —Anthony Weller, author of The Siege of Salt Cove and Days and Nights on the Grand Trunk Road.

“Spalding doesn’t just give you ideas for keeping a travel journal—she makes a convincing case for why keeping a travel journal is important, and how this personal writing ritual can deepen your journey in unexpected ways. Recommended for anyone who endeavors to travel mindfully. —Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn’t Go There

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932361674
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 444,663
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lavinia Spalding is author of With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. She is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal, and her work has appeared in such publications as Sunset Magazine, Post Road, CitySmart, and Inkwell. Although her inextinguishable wanderlust prevents her from ever really staying put, she currently lives in San Francisco.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    Enjoyable, Motivating, & Insightful

    I'm both an on-and-off journal writer and an avid traveler, so Writing Away seemed like it would be the perfect book for me. Well written, and scattered with travel journal excerpts and wonderful travel themed quotes, Writing Away was a pleasure to read and never turned into one of those dry boring "how to" books.

    I immediately noticed that it got my creative juices flowing. Memories of my most recent travels came back with all their vivid details, and I itched to write down and document these moments with the wonderful writing tips and tricks that Lavinia shared. I also started journaling more faithfully - her motivating mantras, such as making yourself simply write one word in your journal every day, made sense and were really effective for me - I've written more journal entries in the last week and a half than I have in the last four months. And I think my writing has improved too - Lavinia shares with the reader the importance of noticing the little details, writing honestly and in ways that will record the daily life of your trip so that when you reread your journal years later you are transported back to this wonderful experience. While I can't wait to apply these tips to my next travel journal, I've found that they're helpful for writing in my normal daily journal as well.

    Writing Away, in addition to being full of helpful writing advice tailored towards the traveling experience, also contained several chapters and discussions that I hadn't been expecting, but really enjoyed. Starting with tips on how to pick out the perfect journal, then once you're writing how to infuse it with decorative illustrations made from travel mementos, Writing Away finally surprised me with a discussion on the merits of good old fashioned written journal as opposed to the newly popular blogs and twitters.

    In Writing Away Lavinia approached the experience of writing a travel journal in a well-rounded way, discussing the physical aspects of the journal, ways to improve the words you write in the journal, and how keeping a journal can guide you in being more aware and having a more fulfilling travel experience. I really enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it to all of my friends. Given how much I enjoyed her evocative writing style, I'm also considering buying Lavinia's other book, With A Measure of Grace and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for any new books of hers.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    A great and useful read

    Writing away is one of those books that you keep coming back to because it is just chock full of words of wisdom. Lavina Spalding has a winner here. If you keep a travel journal, a diary, have not done so for years and have been thinking about it or if you just wonder why anyone would ever do such a thing this book is for you. I have kept a journal off and on all of my life. As Lavina says in her book, A travel Journal is like a time machine. it can take you back to the trip you took to Paris 30 years ago in an instant. All of its wonder, sights, sounds, smells. Read this book!

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