Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
The first time I seriously thought about writing I was in Cancun, Mexico with my cousin on a college trip. We had just toured the ruins at Tulum and we made our way down to the inlet of water that surrounded the town.
Sitting in the cove as the ruins loomed above us I felt I was in the most idyllic part of the world.The Caribbean water had the most amazing jewel tones of blue and green I had ever seen.I couldn’t believe such beauty existed, I was so moved I thought I need to become a writer or a photographer. Although I struggled with how to put the beauty into words. I never became a travel writer but I often use my travels to inspire my writing. My reason for writing to expose readers to other worlds they didn’t know existed. Maybe it’s just a glimpse into the life of a waitress, or a trip to New York City at Christmas time, maybe you can take your readers into a place they never knew existed.
Today write about the first trip you took that really changed the way you looked at the world. Could this trip serve as a backdrop for a short story or a poem? Now get back to work!
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