Sab Kuch Milega – Anything is Possible #travel #writing #goa #india

Sab Kuch Milega – Hindi. Translates to English as ‘Anything is possible.’

When I decided to publish Together Apart, I had a little fantasy of having a glass of bubbly substitute (because I don’t like the real thing) with a friend or two in a bar somewhere to celebrate. It didn’t quite work out like that in reality. What happened was, I pressed the big, yellow publish button from a cafe in Arambol, Goa in my own company with a latte and a slice of almond buckwheat cake at 7am while waiting for my friend to arrive from London. Rock and Roll.

It was just one of many things that have come to sum up the process of self-publishing that I’ve seen so far. Always expect the unexpected because anything is possible.

I did have some reservations before I left England. I really wasn’t sure what the internet situation would be like over there so I was pleasantly surprised to find that wifi was literally everywhere. Except, it always seemed to crash when I needed it the most. Like the very day I was to push the button after having announced the released date to my family and friends. Even still, it was a small price to pay for being here.

I should say, I’m not a travel writer. I made two diary entries in the 4 months I was away and they were on occassions where it was write or cry. I must admit, I do regret not spending a little time each day writing in my notepad but hey ho. In any case, I am a writer, and I chose  to publish my book while travelling. And this meant trying to sort out all the technical stuff, liaising with my editor and cover designer, tweeting, Facebooking etc etc etc while also trying to experience one of the the most diverse, crazy places on earth. I’ll get round to blogging about those in the near future.

My book has been out for 3 months now. There were times when I said I would never publish a book while travelling again. Which is funny, because I said the same thing after being in India for 3 months. Never again.

And yet…

I know I’ll go back. I feel I have to. I want to. I barely scratched the surface of Goa and Rajasthan, let alone India as a whole and as cliched as it sounds, it really is a special place. And the same goes for my book (not the special bit, although to me it is. Obvs.) I think – no, I know – that I’ll be somewhere else when Book 2 comes out next year. I don’t know where yet, but I will. I’ve always loved writing and now I’ve had a dalliance with travelling, I’ve decided I love that too. It can be done. There are a great many people doing all kinds of things as they travel – I don’t see why I shouldn’t be one of them.

Is anyone else a travel writer or a writer who travels? I’d love to hear how others found the process!

x

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8 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I really like the way you wrote this post and the grand freshness that seems to come from your uplifting words about “anything is possible” etc etc…. indeed!
    I think in one way or another we’re all travellers and writers. Sometimes I do both at the same time. Other times, I just think. Visualize. Go with the flow….
    All the very best 🙂
    Natalia

    1. Thanks so much. I have to say, publishing a book and travelling have both been truly amazing experiences and doing them at the same time was simply awesome! Going with the flow is the best…

      Thanks for commenting!

      1. You’re very welcome Natalie 🙂
        I will check your work shortly. Good Luck and stay positive.

  2. I’m a writer who likes to travel. And I totally relate to a lot of what you say, especially the regretting not making more notes whilst on your travels. I’ve been to do many places and barely noted the colour of the sky.

    I think I always felt it somehow took away from the experience, you know constantly worrying about what to note down or looking for inspiration. But recently I went to a travel writers course and realised it comes with the territory. I now hope to have a better balance of the two; lose myself in a place and also setting aside periods focused to take notes. What do you think? How best would you approach it now?

    1. Well, one of the big things I learned about myself was that I need my own company. Travelling is great for meeting people, but sometimes you need your own space. It was during those times that I would take time out to write (after checking emails, skyping etc etc). Other times, if I had a flash of inspiration I would jot the overview of it in my notebook (when I remembered to have it with me) or more often than not, in the notes app on my phone.

      That said though, I write novels – I’m not a travel writer, so I don’t know if the process would need to be different. It’s a definite fine line between experiencing the place and being able to find time to write. I do wish I would have kept a diary or something, just because there are always little things you forget along the way. The trick I guess is not to be too rigid but staying disciplined at the same time 🙂

      Where are you now/off to next? I’m going to check out your blog 🙂

      1. Hey Natalie, I know what you mean, ‘discipline’ is the key and I’m learning to think like a journalist again. The problem is the last time I wrote as a journalist, people were just worrying about the internet and not really sure how best to utilise it! That’s why I didn’t even see this message until today as I forgot to click the notify me button and am still trying to keep up with this huge level of engagement!

        I’m a teacher by day, as well as a dad and a husband. We travel as a family; I travel solo and with friends. It’s all done in moderation as I don’t have the luxury of buggering off for months on end. My wife and I got the travel bug after we got married and had kids and only recently I decided to combine my love of travel with my old ‘flame’, writing. It’s going well so far as I’ve already secured two monthly slots with a middle eastern magazine (been blogging since April 2014). My biggest challenge is learning how to best utilise all these platforms to best engage with people, increase traffic and carve out a niche for myself, which at the moment is a developing one where I try to specialise on travel writing that uncovers hidden/forgotten Islamic connections in unexpected places, like my Romania piece which secured the said monthly slots.

        I have come to accept it will be a slog, and so as I travel I try to plan and write. I just got back from Portugal and Romania, prior to that I was in Egypt and my article on that published this month and will be on my blog soon. Do come by and like/follow as I’d appreciate the support and keep up the good work. 😉

      2. I think it’s really cool you travel as a family. I’d love to do that when I have one of my own, and I guess it gives a different perspective too!

        Sounds like a challenge though! Carving out a niche is so difficult, especially since so many people are blogging all at once. I do like your concept though – that’s a niche for sure! Think most people think middle east and parts of Asia when they think ‘muslim’ – I love things that show a different side to things so will definitely check it out 🙂

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