I lugged my little laptop and a pile of file folders with me on the plane to Massachusetts because I thought I would be able to write a little every day while visiting my parents.


I’ve helped my mother cook and get ready for my dad’s 70th birthday party, toured colleges with my youngest daughter, spent a day on Martha’s Vineyard, shopped in the cute shops up and down Cape Cod, and laid on the beach. I am having a great time but I have no motivation to work on the short stories I brought with me to polish up. Can you write while on vacation? How do you remove yourself from the people you are with to focus on your writing?