My writing is inspired by the natural beauty of the world. While I look forward to visiting tropical climates, I am most at home in the Colorado Rockies. I occasionally need a small dose of sand and surf. The rhythmic sounds of waves approaching the seashore can instill a feeling of calmness. Walking along a shoreline while the sun sets or rises can be a stunning moment that invigorates my sense of being. As my senses are being primed, random ideas have a greater chance of materializing into potential writing ideas. Unfortunately, some may be lost. Jotting down notes while enjoying the awesomeness of nature diminishes the pleasurable aspects of the experience. Writing inspiration can be fleeting.
Back at home in Colorado, I have the luxury of feeling invigorated by the Rockies year round. As I drive through the Front Range, I can look West. A chain of mountains will always be in sight. My new downsized home provides a small peek. Beyond a large open field, a handful of mountains can be seen in the distance.
Nevertheless, my greatest writing inspiration comes from my frequent visits to Summit County. No matter how many times I travel to the High Country, I continue to stand in awe. Each season brings a different breathtaking moment with its own unique charm. Weather conditions provide another perspective.
I am lucky that nature is always at my back door. I can simply look West and my writing inspiration can be rekindled.
- Do you have a special place that fuels your inspiration?
This posting is responding to the NaBloPoMo prompt- Show Me Fridays: upload an image to your blog (with or without words) of where you like to write. I took the liberty of modifying the prompt since I am comfortable writing anywhere as long as it is not noisy. Identifying where I find writing inspiration is more meaningful.
Sandra’s memoir highlights her living and teaching adventure in Bangalore, India. She is a licensed Colorado teacher who has taught K-12 students in the United States and abroad as well as college level courses. Sandra is married and has four adult sons.
The memoir was a finalist in the Travel category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2013 International Book Awards, the 2013 National Indie Book Excellence Awards, 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and a Honorable Mention award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category for the 2013 Global ebook Awards.