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Friday, September 30, 2011

Story Setting

It is said that an important part of a good story is the setting. I am claiming that an important part of a writer’s life is to have a good setting to write in.

I am on the deck of my brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s home in Illinois. This is a setting to be inspired in.

I’m thinking of asking them if they need a house sitter when they go out of town. I would relish a week in this place by myself to soak up the quiet and inspiration. I love the sound of water and if I can't be by a beach a waterfall will do. This one is beautiful.

Why does it seem so difficult to be inspired at home? Is it the laundry screaming to be done or the dog’s hair that floats across the floor when I enter a room.

“A writer should be able to write anywhere,” I get it, but my spirit craves a setting like this. I realize that part of the appeal is not having the pressure of a schedule. I understand why some writers run off to cabins in the mountains or cottages by the sea. I admire those who produce quantity and quality in the midst of caring for children and a work schedule. I also will not condemn myself for needing a solitary place to write.

I thank my God for giving me this time, even if it is only for a few hours. I relish it.


DenaNetherton said...

Hey, Diane, nice to see your posts again. Wow, what lovely pics. My setting is very different, but no less awe-inspiring. Every day, my window view of Long's Peak helps me come up with more words for my books or my articles or blog.

Anonymous said...

I think the sound of the waterfall would be helpful and inspiring - but look at all that green! That should inspire as well. It sounds like you're having a wonderful time, can't wait to see you again. I love you.

Catherine Denton said...

I think each writer needs different things to write. Some can write alongside chaos, others with music and others need silence. I love the diversity with which people are inspired. I hope you get a week of house-sitting! :D