They say a picture is worth a thousand words
We say it's an inspiration to write a million more!
Finding Inspiration in the Unlikeliest of Places
People often ask me where the inspiration to create originates. The answer is as open-ended as the question and more complex and long-winded than most people want to spend time talking about. So, I shortened my response to, everything does!
Photo inspiration provided by Barbara Elsborg - January 6, 2022
The forest holds secrets only writers can see. To the naked eye, this lush green canopy shelters the traveler from the day's heat as they walk along the path.
But, in your imagination what lies beyond the bend?
Will you traverse back in time to find a castle under siege?
Does it lead to the entrance of a dragon or ogres' lair?
Will pixies, hidden in the canopy, shoot arrows at wayward
Will you stay in the present and find a couple entwined in a passionate embrace after exploring the forest?
I think no matter where you live in the world, a meadow is home to a variety of insects, rodents and reptiles.
But in your imagination what lurks among the tall grasses in this meadow that's located in Kent, England?
Are they friend, are they foe or is your character their next meal?
I always feel at home in the woods, but for some it is a frightening place that is full of dangers and evil creatures; imaginary or real.
What creatures do you imagine live among these trees? Werewolves, fairies or perhaps a smelly big-footed troll.
Perhaps, it's the next crime scene in your murder mystery? I wonder what forensic evidence investigators would find here?
Or, is simply a gathering place for a coven of witches to brew love potions for their next night out on the town? I wonder what pub they would visit in Kent?
A cabin in the woods can be a place of refuge, mystery or horror.
What will your character find in Chateau Montebello, the world's largest log cabin?