4 Ways Travel Can Help Your Creativity

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I recently read a great article about how travelling can enrich your writing. In it, the author outlines how travel is unpredictable, fosters empathy and reflection, and creates authenticity in your writing. All excellent points. The article got me thinking about how travelling has helped my writing, and how it can help you with your creative endeavours. Here are four more ways travelling is good for creativity, even if you go no farther than the other side of town…

1. It breaks up your routine. Even the most imaginative person needs inspiration, and nothing is less inspiring than doing the same things and seeing the same few places over and over again, day after day. Going somewhere new shakes you out of your rut, gives you a fresh perspective, and re-ignites creativity.

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2. It helps you learn. If you go somewhere you’ve never been, you’re bound to learn something, whether it’s a few words in another language, facts about local history, or even a new skill (so many places now offer classes and workshops for tourists). What you discover can be the spark you need for your current project, or the impetus for something new.

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3. It gives you the chance to be a different kind of creative. There are so many opportunities for creativity while you travel, and if you can do so in a way that’s not your usual, so much the better (I’ve written before about how creativity begets creativity). Take pictures, write a journal entry (or poetry or even short fiction) about your trip, sketch what you see, take part in a workshop, talk to interesting people you meet along the way. Use it all as inspiration when you get home.

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4. It can help you in unexpected ways. When I was having trouble finding the right image for the cover of Love Lies Bleeding, I decided to look through my photos to see if anything would be useful. Going through shots I’d taken in Paris, I realized the statue at the base of the Medici fountain at the Jardin du Luxembourg was perfect, so I ended up using it:

Love Lies Bleeding by Aspasia S. Bissas

(The statue at the top of the fountain is on the back cover.) Not only that, but another photo I’d taken at the Louvre became the cover for Blood Magic:

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And I have a third photo in mind for my next book, which I’m currently working on. The point is, I didn’t go to Paris to take photos for my book covers, but my travels led to exactly what I needed. You never know what going somewhere new could end up doing for you.

You don’t have to travel to be creative, but it really does help. Even if you can’t make it to another country or continent, try getting on a bus and exploring a different town, or go for a walk and visit a neighbourhood in your own town that you’ve never been to. The important thing is to break out of routine and try something new. It could lead you to places you never expected.

What do you think? Has travelling helped your creativity? Share in the comments…

Revealed!

I’m happy to finally reveal the cover and details for my upcoming short story “Blood Magic.” You don’t need to have read my novel Love Lies Bleeding to enjoy “Blood Magic,” but for those of you who have (thanks!) it’s set within Love Lies Bleeding, and features a side adventure for Mara.

The Big Reveal:

BLOOD MAGIC by Aspasia S. Bissas

No one said magic was pretty. It tricks and it transforms. It tests you. Sometimes it punishes the wicked and sometimes it devours the innocent. And it is never boring.”

“Blood Magic” a new FREE short story by Aspasía S. Bissas. Available mid-April 2018.

What do you think? For those of you keeping track, the image was taken at the Louvre in Paris.

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Revealing: Take a Hint

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Did you know the cover image for my novel, Love Lies Bleeding, is of the Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) in Paris? What image is going to be on the cover of my new short story? (Hint: the photo was also taken in Paris.) Find out on Monday when I reveal the cover, along with other details. Stop by and let me know what you think 🙂