I like to write on a variety of topics, so my inspiration comes from many places, people, and things. My favorite writing retreat, however, is the trail. In recent times, I've spent 2-3 months of each year hiking and backpacking in the U.S., South America, and Europe. It's tough to keep up a journal when you are hiking 12-15 miles per day for weeks on end, but recording my experiences and insights while on the trail makes the effort worthwhile -- to me at least.
Even though my journal entries are usually written at the end of the day when I am short of time and energy, these notes keep my adventures and challenges fresh in my mind. When I return home, I use my notes as the core of my material and "round them out" by researching the history, culture and so forth of the places I have recently traveled.
Causes Susan Alcorn Supports
Pacific Crest Trail Association, Bay Area Travel Writers, Nature Conservancy, Wilderness Society, American Red Cross, Alameda Food Bank