It could be true of all writers; it’s certainly true of me that places I’ve been to in my life have inspired my writing. From rowdy schools I’ve attended to stately homes nestled in the rolling English countryside, places play an important role in my work. Even if I take artistic licence and create a place for a story in my imagination, places are vital to the unfolding of the narrative in my stories.
So which places in particular have inspired my writing? Well to create a fictional village in my current WIP I drew inspiration from a small market town called Marlborough in south western England – for those of you outside the UK! It’s a very pretty town, not too built up, with plenty of pubs to eat and drink in! My husband and I met up with my parents there one year as we live quite far apart and Marlborough is sort of half way between our homes, so it’s easier for us to meet there instead of going all the way to each other’s houses. I think it was New Year’s Day and we had lunch in a pub where the landlord was tired because they’d been on the go all night (New Year’s Eve!).Technically the town is bigger than the village in my story, but I felt the atmosphere in Marlborough was right for the place I was creating.
Then of course are the dreaded schools! If you’ve read some of my previous blog entries for Thursday’s Children, you’ll have seen that school days play a big part in my writing and that I didn’t enjoy school much! But it’s great or at least cathartic to write about a fictional school as I remember my own school days. I bring into my writing details about the school buildings as well as creating characters resembling nasty pupils I’ve known!
A stately home comes into my WIP as well. I’ve made it a spa in that particular story. I’ve visited a fair few big old houses in my time and they can be a real inspiration too. They’re invaribly large and history oozes out of them. Sometimes you almost feel as though you’re stepping back in time. In the ghost story I was writing years ago, the stately home in that story was definitely inspired by many similar buildings I’ve been to – though without the ghost of course!
Many places inspire my writing and I’m sure there’ll be places I’ve not yet been to which will inspire me just as much, if not more. I haven’t found them yet, but I will!
Are there particular places you’ve been to which inpsire your writing?
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