|Scent of an Idea|
I spoke with my daughter last night and one of the first things she said to me was, ‘Mom, it’s Wednesday tomorrow; blogging day.’ She is my biggest fan and my best motivator. Thanks, Alice!
Fellow blogger and author of Firestarter, Patsy Collins commented on last week’s post saying, “I make sure I spend time with friends and family - or research, as I call it!” This is so on point.
Last summer, I visited my brother and his partner who live in the beautiful, historic town of Malvern. Incidentally my lovely writing friend also lives there, so I get to visit more than once when I’m back in the UK. I love it. I am always inspired and my writing head buzzes with excitement.
We sat on the terrace of a hillside bar, having a jolly good time, when something caught my eye through the wooden trellis that guarded us from the summer breeze. I pulled back the clematis that grew wildly up the windbreaker and peered through. Below, was the town’s cemetery. A golden hue crept along the gravestones as the sun was setting and a scene for a new story materialized. Being designated driver, my mind was clear and I noted down the sights, smells and sounds that gave the scene life.
The idea grew over the next few days and I returned to the town to carry out more research. The variety of architecture caught my eye. There is a medieval type looking gateway at the top of the town, Edwardian and Victorian style buildings and the Great Malvern Priory, which seems to be a mish-mash of ages, including Roman style pillars and arches. This town obviously has a lot of stories to tell and I couldn’t wait to start widening my research. Seven months on and my first mystery novella, set in a hillside town, is currently in its third draft stage.
Have you been unexpectedly inspired when visiting friends or family? Do you have a special someone who motivates and encourages you?