About Bali + The Creative Sojourn

Writers are at their most productive when in tranquil surroundings. I read that somewhere.
Writers are at their most productive when in tranquil surroundings. I read that somewhere.

I’ve never thought much about the craft of writing because it’s what I’ve always done.

I’m a writer. Have been most of my life. For the last 35 years, I’ve made a good living from it, along the way ticking a few more boxes such as author, photographer, blogger.

I’ve fled my home, family and friends and I’m currently living in Bali, the Indonesian island that is to Australians, and many other nationalities, what Mexico is to Americans. A tropical climate, a relaxed way of life and a cost of living so much lower than my hometown of Sydney, Australia.

On one hand, I’m an economic refugee of my hometown. I never thought I’d be leaving town, let alone the country I grew up in and that I’ve called home for more than half a century. But life has a habit, sooner or later, of shredding even the best-laid plans.

Not that I ever had plans, being content like most people to bumble through and live with whatever dignity and self-assurance I could muster. I’m now aware that the clock is ticking.

But there is a purpose to all this. I’m in Bali to write a novel and gauge whether I’m cut out to be an expat. My schedule is simple: write, explore Bali, and work on my tan. Not necessarily in that order.

This blog will cover a lot of ground. The craft of writing. Living in Bali. Some of my favourite places on this crazy island including restaurants and bars. Unusual sights and experiences. A little about my novel, which will hopefully give you all a taste that will translate into a thirst to buy the book when it eventually appears (OK, shameless plug, I know, but in the age of electronic publishing, e-books, Amazon, Kindle and the like, writers need to generate as much of our own publicity as we can, ill-prepared as we generally are).

Really, anything that appeals to me. That’s the great thing about having your own blog. You write about the stuff the interests you. If it interests others, great. If it doesn’t, there’s millions more that will. Just don’t let the door hit you on the bum on the way out.

My name’s David Latta.

I’m a writer and I do what I know. Write. In Bali.

© words and photo David Latta 2014

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