7 Best Places to Finish Your Novel: Travel Deals and Escapes for Writers
If you’ve been plotting to finish your novel for ages but something keeps getting lost in the translation, maybe you need a writing escape to finally tap out the last words and close this chapter in your life.
Here are my Top 7 Places to Finally Finish Your Book. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments section. This is a highly subjective list!
1) Key West, Florida
If you live somewhere cold and snowy, you probably have cabin fever. Plan a trip to Key West, Florida and channel your inner-Hemingway. After all, this is where he finished A Farewell to Arms and wrote “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.”
Highs are currently in the 70s and the sun is shining. And, at the end of a tough day of writing, there’s a sunset and a frosty cup of rum punch waiting for you.
2) San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
I visited San Miguel last year after reading Tony Cohan’s On Mexican Time and this snug little corner of colonial Mexico did not disappoint. Not only did The Beats get some good writing done here–I did too. And there’s a thriving ex-pat artist community still living in San Miguel today. It’s perfect place to sit in a sunny plaza and be inspired.
3) Oxford, Mississippi
From William Faulkner to John Grisham, writers have been finding inspiration in this postcard-perfect Southern hamlet for ages. This is the perfect destination to tune your ear to Southern drawls, sip a tall glass of sweet tea, and settle into quiet evenings in front of a roaring fire.
4) Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a city of pubs–pubs where you are allowed to sit for as long as you like and drink delicious pilsner that costs less than water. Plus, no city in the world can compete with it when it comes to architecture and sweeping vistas. And the city has a strong literary tradition, boasting favorite sons like Rainer Maria Rilke and Franz Kafka.
5) Paris, France
You can’t REALLY call yourself a writer until you’ve read (and fallen in love with) Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. Detailing his years in Paris, it has inspired generations of aspiring writers to decamp to the City of Light to get some quality work done in the clean, well-lighted cafes.
6) Portland, OR
Home to Powell’s Books, the largest independent bookstore in the world, Portland is the perfect writers’ escape. The relative affordability will help you stay on budget, the rainy weather will be sure to keep you indoors, and when the clouds break, you can enjoy a nice hike outside or some of the farm-fresh food.
7) New York, New York
This might be a controversial choice but I stand by it. Excepting maybe Paris, no city in the world has more published writers per square foot than good old New York City. Tap into the magic they have found in the City That Never Sleeps.
And though hotel costs can be high, there are plenty of used bookstores, cheap coffee shops, and free readings to keep you inspired during your escape.
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