We lost our brakes on the Teton Pass. We wandered aimlessly through New Mexico. Our bus overheated in Arizona and Nevada. We got stuck in a ditch in Virginia. We almost tipped over in South Dakota.
It was challenging and depressing, exhilarating and quieting, invigorating and humbling.
It was a lot like writing:
1. Both require preparation. We moved out of our house and put our stuff in storage. We packed for every season. We plotted a rough draft of our journey. We saved up money and learned a lot about the bus.
2. Neither will happen if you insist on over-preparing. If you wait until conditions are perfect, you’ll never go on the adventure because the situation will never be perfect. When we left on our trip, we didn’t have all of our financial stuff in perfect order, I didn’t have extra work lined up, and we didn’t know where we would live when we got back. Don’t let loose ends keep you from writing.