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Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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.
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!