Everyone has a book in them….don’t they?


Yesterday, I ran into Nick at the campus Starbucks in Eugene. We were sharing a table while I read submmissions for Hold My Purse and he read the The Practical Nomad. After a bit, Nick turned to me and said, “You know what I would do, if I were going to write a travel book?” My face lit up and a lengthy conversation got underway about plot structures, best selling formulas, and previously proven ways to hook a writer in. Our conversation reminded me of my college days when my good friend Dan Buczaczer and I would go down to the Novel Cafe in Venice Beach and do writing excercises together.

The thing was, I didn’t know Nick was interested in writing. He’s the Travel Nutter for BootsnAll.com, but I hadn’t read any of his stories or heard him talking about wanting to write before. I love it when I find creativitiy in people surfacing for the first time. Sure, maybe he’s talked about it with other friends, but I can always appreciate when it’s the first time for me.

Brad Newsham, author of Take Me With You: A Round-the-World Journey to Invite a Stranger Home, frequently asks people he’s just met, “What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you?” Whether it’s that, or asking, “if you were going to write a book, what would it be about?” The personal insight, life changing possibilities, and birthing of latent dreams that could come from the answer to those questions are endless.

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My conversation with Nick inspired me to think about my books from a different perspective, reminded me that I had forgotten I was doing one altogether, and triggered that familiar sensory pleasure of sitting in a cafe with a friends and talking about the writer’s journey.

When’s the last time you talked about your dreams with a friend? No excuses, have a chat online if they’re too far away or it’s too expensive to call. The inspiration that follows is worth it!