"As writers, we do most of our work in the privacy of our own minds, but at some point all of us need to take a vacation — a working vacation — in order to recharge the batteries and open our minds to new perspectives, new experiences, and new landscapes."
— Kevin Larimer
Everyone has heard of a vacation, but have you ever heard of a work-cation? Many of us probably do this without even thinking. It's when you combine work with pleasure. As a writer, this can be used to your benefit.
Whatever business you may be in, there is a certain part of continuing education that must take place. For a writer, this may be exploring new locations to be used in your next novel. Everything needs to be as accurate as possible, and the best way to do that is to see the setting in person. Also, it is important for a writer to attend writing conferences, book festivals, and other industry-related events. These take place all over the country. If you have family or friends living in the area of these conferences, or the vicinity of the setting for your next novel, you could combine work and pleasure in your trip. Working remotely is quite common in the typical workplace, so why not for a writer?
If you view your writing as a business, it is important to invest time and money in it just as you would for any other occupation. A work-cation can help grow your business over time. So be sure to schedule them in.