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?
Whether you’ve written no books or fifty, you’re more than “just a writer”. We humans are multi-dimensional beings with facets that reflect both our inner and outer selves. In fact, it’s those very facets that actually make us a writer – without them what would we write?
I can get so tunnel-visioned that I forget that I am far more than a writer. I am a reader, a friend, a daughter, sister, gardener, photographer, traveler, historian, kite-flyer, computer geek, bill-payer, bird watcher, blessing cairn maker. And oh-so-much-more.
As you consider your many parts, which of them do you bring to the writer’s table?