Abruzzo, ItalyAlthough I live in Rome, I love to escape when I can to the nearby mountains of Abruzzo.

I have a small place in a little town up in the Apennine mountains, and I enjoy going out there to escape the chaos of Rome – to hike and mountain bike and ski.

I was out there recently for the New Year and enjoyed some wonderful days of skiing (not a given until the last minute, when Abruzzo finally got enough snow).

But I also find it a peaceful place to write.

When I’m there, I always manage to carve out time for my writing, after a day of hiking or skiing, and I’m always impressed by how much progress I tend to make when I’m there.

Maybe it’s the fresh mountain air, or days spent exhausted by physical activity, or the view from my window of the mountans when I sit down to write. Whatever the magical combination, I always find my Abruzzo visits productive on the writing front.

And you, writers? Do you have a magical place where your writing muse grabs hold of you? Do you find you’re always more productive in one specific place?

Happy and productive writing, wherever you are!