Sometimes a writer needs to get away from it all to finish that wonderful book in-progress. Why not a cave!
The challenge with caves is bringing a generator to power your laptop, and then gas for the generator. Because you’d want to be efficient with your energy source, it would make sense not to be on social media, blog, or read emails. Well, maybe emails from your family, publisher, and editor.
Some might say don’t bring electronics. An empty journal and several pens will do the trick. But think when you get home, you’ll then have to type up everything. Of course, you could edit while typing. Sooo….a journal and pens is a possible way to go.
You will want to bring nourishing but light weight food for hiking. On the upside, you might lose weight. On the downside, you might write like a maniac because you’re so hungry.
Light weight food does not include chocolate. It melts anyway. Twizzlers, however, goes on the “to bring” list.
Hydration is important, and if there is no source of clean water, it means you’re hauling water into the cave. The upside is that it’s great exercise. The downside is that if you’re not in shape already, you may be too tired from hauling water that you’ll sleep more than write.
Speaking of water, you will want to find a waterfall for bathing. Cold showers will be the norm. Everything in your life will be on the primitive side now. I hope you have a sleeping bag rated for frigid temperatures.
You will need clothing and great hiking boots. Don’t forget lots of socks. If you’re really cold, layers are important.
Let’s look at what we have on our list: writing equipment of some sort, food, Twizzlers, water, sleeping bag, and clothing. What am I forgetting?
1.Maybe some way to protect yourself from wild animals who would rather have the cave.
2. Some kind of emergency phone in case you need to call for HELP!
I’m sure I’m forgetting something important. Already I’m carrying more than I possibly can.
I now have an alternative to the Author’s Cave plan. How about a hotel? J.K. Rowling finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in a hotel.
Do you have any ideas for an alternate Author’s Cave?
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