Location matters…well it does to me. It’s where all my stories start. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short story, a pocket novel or a crime novel, the setting has to be right before I can plunge in any further.
Once I’ve decided on the location then I have a think about the kind of people who might live there, what their lives might be like, what jobs they could do, what problems they need to solve.
Obviously lots more planning goes in after this…but it all starts with the place.
This picture of the very bonnie Gairloch inspired Highland Homecoming, a Pocket Novel I wrote with the People’s Friend in mind – and here’s the good news. A few days ago it was accepted, and will be published on October 4. So I am in a pretty happy place right now.
I thought you might also like to see a couple of my other favourite places. I hope you will find them as inspirational as I do.
Prepare to step back in time when you visit Lacock (above), a wonderfully atmospheric 13th century Cotswold village that’s featured in Pride and Prejudice, Moll Flanders, and Emma.The medieval cloisters of the nearby abbey were also used in recent Harry Potter films.
Soak up the vibes, and your new story could start right here!
Now I know this method or working will not suit all writers. Many will insist that characters should come first. Maybe they are right. Who knows? But my way works for me, and as the old saying goes – If it ain’t broke…
Enjoy… and happy writing everybody.