Welcome to Diamond Lake! I had a different blog post planned, but also didn’t plan on staying a few extra days camping here at Diamond Lake, Oregon. My family and I have been coming here to camp every summer since the summer of 2000. The annual family camping trip consists of anywhere from 12 to 20 people depending on how many are able to show up that year. Tack on people that bring a friend and the numbers can get up there. I often end up doing a little work while here, but this year, none of my kids could come so my time was my own. As I had to re-adjust my book schedule (my editor and I decided to move some things around) I needed something for this month’s release and so wrote almost an entire novella while here. It was fun and easy and I had to stop and think about how I was able to write almost every day, still play games with the family, go for walks, bike rides and all the other camping stuff we do, and came to the conclusion that I write well when staring at wide-open spaces and nature.
Maybe I need a lake house …
Too bad it’s freezing cold here in the winter.
But different things inspire different people. At home, I live in a log cabin in the word but it’s in a canyon, so no wide open space there. I have a separate office as well as often time there are too many distractions at home to write for long blocks of time. But being able to stare at Mt. Bailey while writing does something for a soul, and as the story I was working on is one my readers have been wanting for years, I think it gave them something special. The story is about a broken young woman who went through a lot, and as an older woman, the age she is when my readers first encounter her in my books, they have to wonder how she got so cranky. This story explains things and gives clarity to a lot of things. I don’t think I would have written the same story in my cabin in the woods. But the majesty of the lake and surrounding mountains made it special.
Writers draw inspiration from all sorts of different things. I often listen to music while writing, especially if the scene is an emotional one. Other’s have their special writing place. I know one woman who literally used to write in a closet. She writes in an alcove near her stairs now. For others, it’s the kitchen table. Others have their office set up just so, while some write outside, look at their garden, and get inspiration that way. Me? I love to travel.
I once wrote the second half of a book in the car, between Dallas and New York, while helping my daughter move. I sent chapters to my editor in the evening every day and we got the book out on time. It was some of the most fun I’d ever had. My daughter drove and I dictated the chapters, read through them at the motel before going to bed, then sent them off to my editor. The book was the Easter Mail-Order Bride and I wanted to release it the day before Easter. We did it, and it’s a fun story.
Writers need inspiration to stay fresh, enjoy the writing process, (which can be grueling at times) and come up with fun, new ideas for their stories. If everything remained the same, day and and day out, a writer can become stale and it shows in their writing. This is true of most artists, be they writers, painters, illustrators, are in film or music, or whatever their art consists of. We need inspiration on different levels as we’re all different.
What are some of the things that inspire you to do the work that you do? I’ll pick a random winner from the comments to win a free e-copy of Irene and the Neighbor, when it releases on August 31st, the book I wrote here at Diamond Lake. I’ll be driving home from the lake the day this posts, so will be commenting at different times throughout the day!