Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper. What I’ve learned to do when I sit down to work on a shitty first draft is to quiet the voices in my head.
Fiction writers know that place can be as important as character. Think:
For some reason, non-fiction writers tend to focus on events and people. However, place is just as important for those of us who write non-fiction as you fiction gurus. In fact, every place has a story – and for me, it’s a (non-fiction) story waiting to be told. Those waiting include:
Pecos Ruins, New Mexico
Grattan Massacre Site (where a cow started a war)
Living Room (my local coffee house)
Don’s Pharmacy (Port Townsend, WA)
Mission San Diego de Alcala (pictured above)
The house around the corner with the orange door
What places do you know that have a story waiting to be told?