For whatever reason, my to-do post came up blank. Anyway, for spring break from graduate school, I went to Portland, OR for 9 days to get back into writing. Here is an overview of what I did while I was there and why it was so necessary.
How to Pick a Location
I’ve heard several people pick locations in places that are relevant to the kinds of research they need to do for their book. What I personally needed was to get away from everything I knew and find a fresh, new location to buckle down and get some work done. Portland had been on my mind since undergrad and I thought it might be the perfect time to check it out. I also had a pair of friends living there at the time, so that kind of safety net made me feel better.
The To-Do List
My list of things I wanted to accomplish is below:
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
- The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias
- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
- Kokoro by Keith Yatsuhashi (4/4/2017)
- Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (4/4/2017)
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emilie Skrutskie
Rewrite Book 1 Write the Book 1 query Write the Book 1 Synopsis Participate in #PitMad
- Draft Book 2
I made them ambitious on purpose. I wanted to guarantee that I won’t be bored. One of the important things to keep in mind when visiting an entirely new place is to also take time to explore. I went hiking, perused Powell’s City of Books, visited the Oregon Zoo, and went out for St. Patrick’s Day. I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest and taking time away from school and friends. It put me in the perfect mindset to get my list done. I still have so much reading to do, but I feel re-energized.
The most important segment of this list was the writing bit. I feel ready to tackle the next phase of my publishing journey: Querying. If I hadn’t gone away to get the writing done, I don’t think I’d be in the same place right now.
I did well. I feel like I’m in a good spot with my writing endeavors. More importantly, I had reconnected with the world and characters I had built to such an extent that I feel great about abandoning them as third quarter of graduate school starts.