Ideas are intangible, delicate and effervescent. They can come to us with a seemingly sudden flash of inspiration, or they can hover on the edge of our awareness, teasingly out of reach.
I’ve written before about how travel inspires writing, and my recent trip to Disneyland has been no different! There is something truly immersive and magical about Disneyland, and I’ve returned home bursting with ideas!
I think most writers would admit (willingly or otherwise), that they use elements from their real life in their writing. This could be a description of a place they love, or inspiration from an event in their life, or even sometimes, personality traits to use in a character. We are all shaped and molded by our relationships with others, and they very often inspire our writing:
One of my all time favourite series, is Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maude Montgomery. I love the Anne-girl fiercely; she embodies all the wonderful qualities of a true heroine, I also love watching Road To Avonlea, a television series based off Lucy Maude Montgomery’s The Story Girl. The maritime location is absolutely stunning, and creates a marvelous backdrop for a compelling and dear story. As Anne would say about her beloved Prince Edward Island: “There’s so much scope for the imagination,”
I find there is something magical about visiting a place that has maintained its historical roots. If done well, it feels as though you are stepping back in time. The closest I can get in my hometown of Calgary, Alberta, is Heritage Park. This place is near and dear to me for many reasons; my parents met, and fell in love while working there in the summer, when I was twelve, I spent a wonderful summer in a Heritage Park children’s program, dressing up in period costumes, playing with piglets, and churning butter. And every Christmas my family would come to Heritage Park for their 12 Days of Christmas celebration.
Which is why every year I get a season’s pass to Heritage Park, so that I can pop in any time I want. This has proven to be wonderful for my writing because, as Anne Shirley would say: “It provides so much scope for the imagination.”
I have found over the years that I am very fond of walking. When I was in university I would choose to walk the half hour to the train, instead of taking the bus, even when it was -30! Walking relaxes me. It allows my brain to wander pleasantly, to soak up the sights and sounds of the world around me, without requiring the focused attention that writing does. Here are three ways in which walking helps my writing: