With the biggest holiday of the summer behind us now, it’s time to really get to work. Sitting down for hours at a stretch isn’t always easy, but it’s more difficult during the summer months. The lure of sunshine and a sparkling pool means you have to be very disciplined. But even with the temptation of sand, sun and water, this novel I have been working on makes it fun to be confined to my laptop and desk.
After much thinking and talking to friends (and asking you all here) about which lighthouse to choose for my heroine’s home and story setting, I finally made my decision. Here’s the picture of the lighthouse in my novel:
I think this particular setting offers a lot of potential to my story – just look at those rocks! I can just picture the waves crashing against them during a powerful storm. And the pieces of a small boat caught between them. I’ll stop now. I don’t want to say too much and ‘talk the story out’. That’s one pitfall of being a writer. We tend to get so excited about our stories that we end up talking about them so much that it can suck the writing energy out of actually writing it.
However, one thing that writers can do to immerse themselves in their story world is to create a ‘mini’ setting of their story. If you think outside the box a bit, no matter where your story takes place you will probably be able to create a mini setting that represents your story world. If your story takes place by the beach, for example, you can find small bags of sand, tiny seashells and wooden boats in many craft stores. You can decorate a small corner of your desk with your findings so that when you sit down to write you can get into story mode. Here is a picture of my story world below:
Since my desk is one long piece of plywood resting on top of four filing cabinets, I have lots of room to spread out. So I think my mini setting isn’t quite complete. I would love to find a few more things to add to it. What do you think? Maybe a ceramic seagull or ship’s wheel? I’d love to hear your suggestions!