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.