Writing Prompt: Traveling Misadventures

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 5.31.22 PMBy Abbey Hester


Traveling is the worst, am I right? Sure, there are some good parts: the sunset from the plane window, the unexpectedly cool pit stop on the side of the road, the pure joy of people-watching at the airport. But traveling is an adventure, and sometimes adventure is just a euphemism for unpredictable spiral of chaos and cancelled flights.


Now that all the holiday travel is behind us, it’s a good time to reflect. Turn your life’s adventures into a gripping memoir with bestselling memoirist Brett Paesel. Try out her 1 day online class this Saturday or 7 week online memoir class and you can learn in your pajamas! Or if you enjoy these weekly writing prompts but you’re not sure which genre is for you, sign up for DC Pierson’s online Writingpalooza class. You’ll try on a bunch of different styles in search of the one that fits you best. Or, craft a pitch letter so enticing that no editor can resist your essay or article with successful journalist and former Rolling Stone Editor Nathan Deuel (Paris Review, NY Times)  in his pitch letter class this Monday.


Writing Pad has a ton of great classes to get you inspired, not to mention published. Take a look at the roster of classes below (and keep reading to find out how you can win a class for free). At the bottom of the list, you’ll also find this week’s writing prompt. Calling all adventurers!


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Novel Writing 1 Night (Online)
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Writing Interviews and Reviews For Magazines or Newspapers
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Writing and Publishing the Personal Essay (1-day)
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Indies to Blockbusters
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Writing for Actors/Writing For The Stage

Life Is A Many-Storied Thing: A Storytelling Workshop (1 Day)
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Writing Prompt:


This week, we’re writing about traveling mishaps. Make a list of three journeys you’ve taken that didn’t run as smoothly as planned. Pick your favorite and add a sensory detail: the lemon-and-sweat smell of the airport floor, the loud pop as your tire blew, the strangely silky pillows in that crappy motel. Now write for ten minutes and include your sensory detail.


My travel adventure story involves me, three roommates, and a monstrous rental truck. We were moving to LA from the other side of the country, and we had absolutely no experience with such a big truck. The thing was unwieldy, hard to maneuver, and all around awful. Perhaps to be honest I should say we were all around awful at driving it. Over the course of our four-day journey, we got the truck stuck in three different parking lots, broke its tail light, ran it into a gas pump, and destroyed one of its tires.


Let’s just say we’re not going to be approved for our big-rig CDL’s anytime soon.


What’s your travel adventure saga? Post your story in the comments and you could win a free class!