As some of you may know, I spent all last week visiting a friend in Delaware, and as such didn’t get any writing done. It was a time for me to focus on my friend, who I hadn’t seen in three years (though we talk regularly online), and it was a time to recharge a little. So, no, I didn’t get any writing done. But I did keep my ideas percolating in the back of my brain, and I also gathered inspiration from unlikely places.
It’s fascinating to me how many random places you can gather inspiration from. Big Cities, Little Towns, Museums, etc… For me one of the big ones this past week was Old New Castle in Delaware. It’s the old town section of New Castle, right on the Delaware River, filled with beautiful old Colonial style houses and government buildings, etc. I took a ridiculous number of pictures. It was just such a beautiful town, and it was a gorgeous warm-with-a-cool-breeze kind of day. And as my friend and I walked around (with me clicking pictures maniacally) I realized I really want to write about a setting like this. And when I do write about it, I want it to be more than just a setting – I want the town to become practically a character in its own right.
Pictures like these will, I hope, make that a possibility:
In what kinds of physical locations do you find inspiration? Do you collect photos for future reference, or do you mainly rely on places you remember, or places you live in? Any cities/towns/places in particular that you’d like to share with others?
As a side note: As it is the first of June, here are my major goals for the month:
1) Finish my demon hunter WIP, tentatively titled Midnight’s Knife
2) Start first re-write for Midnight’s Knife
3) Read 4-6 books as part of #ToBeReMo (To Be Read Month), which was started by Suzan Isik. You can read more about it here: #ToBeReMo is Back!
See ya folks on friday!