Similarities Between Train Journeys & Writing #MondayBlogs #Amwriting

There are many similarities between train journeys and writing.

Here are a few:

  1. A writer’s head can sometimes feel like a packed train carriage. Instead of being jam-packed full of passengers it is filled with noisy fictional characters.
  2. Writer’s Block can sometimes feel similar to being stuck on a broken down train. Frustratingly you can see the station in the distance but you are stationary and going nowhere.
  3. Fictional characters come and go during your creative life which is similar to passengers joining and leaving a train.
  4. At times the writing process can feel exhilarating and similar to travelling on a high-speed train. There are also times when the writing process can feel sluggish and arduous, similar to being stuck on a slow-moving train.
  5. Ever got on a train and said to yourself ‘I have no idea where this train is going and I am just praying it’s heading in the direction I want to go in!’?   This is very similar to being a writer and not knowing where a piece of work will take you.
  6. Sometimes you are so concerned with the train’s final destination that you forget to take in and appreciate the journey. The same applies to writers who become more concerned with their final destination and forget to enjoy the creative journey.
  7. Sometimes a train journey will encounter unexpected issues. It has to change tracks and go via a different station. As writers we often face situations where our literary journey faces diversions and unforseen delays. Just like the train we also change tracks.
  8. Some writing friends might get off the literary train, after deciding that this creative journey is not for them. You will be sad to see them go and wave goodbye, as your train pulls out of the station. New writing friends will join you in your carriage and share with you their literary experiences, writing tips and offer you bags full of writing encouragement.
  9. There is nothing like seeing daylight again as you emerge from a long and dark train tunnel. This is similar to how a writer feels when they emerge from their pitch-black tunnel of creative gloom and come out the other side.
  10. The train keeps moving along the tracks and so must we…

Have a fabulous day my fellow train passengers 🙂

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

39 thoughts on “Similarities Between Train Journeys & Writing #MondayBlogs #Amwriting

  1. All very true! The point about the journey also being part of the experience is one that, I suspect, is sometimes forgotten by writers. I am writing this comment, incidentally, via my phone while sitting on a train!

  2. I couldn’t agree more. I also love a train journey too for unlocking creative potential, as I imagine the passengers stories, but like your first point sometimes it can start to feel a little packed up there in the ol brain!

  3. I have a ticket and am aboard the train. I know where I started my journey and the trials and tribulations of the journey… but I am dying for a wee the one on board is wrong it smells and someone has just missed the bowl. I have it on good authority and kind words that there will be a fresh lemon scented washroom with my name on the door at ‘The End’. Now all I need to do is know where my journey ends.

  4. A woman once flirted with a good friend of mine, by talking to him about trains. Specifically, how she loved watching them enter and exit tunnels. On and on she went about the entering and the exiting and the tunnelling.

    My friend must have been a closet train-spotter, as they ended up getting married.

    I can now never look at trains in quite the same way.

      1. Put back out on the market? What, are you a used car now? You’re a brilliant and gorgeous woman! Did your significant other suddenly decide to switch to the other gender?

  5. Enjoyed the blog post. All writers can relate to all the comparisons to trains. One problem I have with characters is that they don’t get off the train when I want them to, so new characters can get on. 🙂

  6. Another reason why I always carry a pen and mini notebook with me. Never know what or who can cause an inspiration or creative outburst during a train ride.

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