Sunday Musings for 5th April 2015

Daffodil and the Thin Place 300dpiThis week, Chris asked ‘Are writers more observant or more nosy?’

What do you think?

Here’s my reply:

I’m not sure if I would describe myself as either observant or nosy but I’m certainly inquisitive. A question which often pops into my mind is ‘What if?’ and my imagination usually answers it with some flight of fancy. This is probably why there is usually an element of the fantastic in the stories I write.
For me, writing is more complicated than simply recording events about the people around me or about historical figures. Since studying photography, I find that I ‘see’ more of the world. I have become more observant. I’m looking for the perfect shot and I often compose photos in my head even when I haven’t got my camera to record what I’m seeing but my writing isn’t like that. It draws on memories and events then mixes and matches emotions and actions to fit in with my plot.
One of the first ideas I had about writing ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ was when visiting an elderly relative. She kept warning us to keep our voices down in case the lady next door was listening through the wall. My stomach started to rumble and I wondered what the next door neighbour would make of that! And then, it prompted me to wonder what would happen if stomachs actually talked…

If you’d like to find out what the other Muse It Up Publishing authors wrote, you can find out here on the Sunday Musings blog. And if you’d like to find out what talking stomachs have to do with Daffodil, in ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’, you can purchase a copy here from the Muse It Up Publishing website or from your favourite ebook retailer.