It isn’t lost on me how coincidental and timely my discovery of the perfect location for a scene in the novel I am writing was. It just goes to show you how much serendipity goes into novel writing. I know I am dovetailing this entry with my last one “Season of Spookiness” in Morning Warmup but it has to do so much with my writing and the idea of finding inspiration unexpectedly.
Say, like me, you are writing a scene and it’s okay but you can’t seem to breathe life into the setting. I wasn’t sure exactly how this old abandoned farm on the edge of the woods would look–other than a general idea. Part of what I do habitually is go out for a jog or hike in the woods sometimes somewhere familiar and sometimes somewhere new. I chose to go for a run in a new place and I never expected to find the abandoned farm on the edge of the woods! But when I did the scene got a lot more authentic and detailed. I could see and feel it in the writing because I saw and felt it.
Sometimes you’ll find inspiration in places you didn’t expect to discover. Sometimes you need to go look at places you think might inspire you. I almost always carry my cell phone with a camera and a note app. This is a great idea because should you see something unbelievable or perfect for your story you can document it. Had I know about the abandoned farm I probably would have brought a good camera and maybe made a video as well to capture the ambient sounds and make comments about my observations. Well I could have made a video but I was too awestruck and confused by the coincidence to let that idea occur to me then. But I did manage to get some photographs like the house and others which I put on Morning Warmup.