The writers’ game is not an easy one. The fact of the matter is it holds more romance than utility and more hindrance than opportunity.
Never is this more so than with writing and travelling.
The prospect holds the promise of mysteries and endless vistas, but finance forever hampers it. Nearly everyone of a certain age shares the dream, but few share the means. Unless someone is of significant wealth, or exceptionally cunning, trotting the globe by self-financed means is not likely.
What to do? Writing is an addiction, but it’s rare to generate enough money to support your efforts. There’s a dime a dozen writers travelling to destinations which have already been penned about a thousand times because the world has already long opened up.
The fact of the matter is that few can ever support their efforts by writing. This is not to be glib. Direct funding by word count is rare, but it doesn’t have to be a source of sadness. Working in a bar or in school abroad and everything in-between can be sources of inspiration all while affording the time and financial means to put pen to paper.
There is no model for what a writer looks like, but there is one commonality: one does not need to be globetrotting to see ideas and inspiration in the day-to-day. It’s an outmoded cliche which does more harm than good to the promise of writers. The world is too open and the Internet is too perennial for caged ideas. A mobile phone, a busted laptop or your left arm is all you need. The need to write strikes capriciously and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.
Inspiration and stories are all around. If there is one piece of advice to share, it’s that no stereotype has a monopoly on what constitutes the right to write. Pick up a pen like a sword, and speak to the world.