|Taken in London from Gabriel's Wharf, July 4, 2012|
As some of you may know, I've moved to England for the summer. This life-changing event obviously meant packing; not just clothes but writing-related packing. Far more tricky (for me, at any rate). I share with you now the highlights of what I learned.
10. Go through all your papers (both real and virtual) containing notes about your WIP so you can stuff them into your luggage. I put mine in my carry-on. The thought of them getting lost was too evil to contemplate.
9. Attempt not to judge yourself about the excess or lack of the above-mentioned notes.
8. Airlines now subject you to strict limits on luggage weight, unless you want to pay extra charges. (My thoughts on extra charges another time) This may, depending on your personal financial situation, prevent you from bringing the entire contents of your bookcase.
7. The above may be an argument for e-readers.
6. Laptops are heavy (unless you have a MacBook Air). I do not.
5. You cannot pack enough pens.
4. You may be writing far from home, but you're still writing. Pack some things for your writing area which bring you comfort. I brought framed pictures of my kids and my favourite writing quotes to inspire me.
3. If you don't have a nifty smartphone with the ability to record (which I do not), pack small pads of paper to stuff into your purse, pocket, whatever, in order to record notes when inspiration strikes. If you're like me, and some of the reasons you've traveled is for research, write down your impressions FAST. Remember to use all your senses.
2. You do not need to pack chocolate or coffee unless you cannot buy it where you going. If this is the situation, my question to you is: "Why in hector are you going there?"
1. Pack flash-drives. Many, many, flash-drives. Crap happens.
Elspeth Antonelli is an author and playwright. Her latest mystery game, "A Fatal Fairy Tale" was published in February. All her murder mystery games and two plays are available through host-party.com. She has also contributed articles to the European writers' magazine Elias. Her blog, It's A Mystery, explores the writing process with a touch of humor. She is on Twitter as @elspethwrites