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?
I spend a lot of time alone but not alone. Cause there’s the cat, the hummingbirds and orioles outside my window, the herbs and flowers on the patio – all bursting with Nature’s own brand of energy. So being alone while I work doesn’t seem so bad. However, the question about being comfortable with silence is another matter.
When I’m writing a period piece, I play period music (think fiddle music of Lewis and Clark). When I’m really concentrating I play instrumental background music. When I’m really concentrating, though, I turn everything off. At that moment – when I’m deep into the words and the flow – I enter the Silence.