|The scenery around our new home is certainly inspiring!|
Moving house and writing are two things which, in my opinion, do NOT go together. Moving takes up not only time but emotional energy (all those decisions to makes, potential problems to worry over). And if you are low on emotional energy it is very difficult to write – for me at least.
In September husband and I moved from a largish farm in South West Scotland, where we had lived for over 20 years, to a much smaller house in the middle of a village in the Scottish Highlands.
So it was a change of house type as well as a change of location. It was hard work. But now it’s over I find that I am, if anything, writing more freely than ever. Was it the break? The feeling of a new start? I don’t know, but I’m certainly not complaining!
And this got me to thinking about the way life influences how, when and what we write, whether consciously or sub-consciously. A chance re-reading of a decades-old letter can spark a string of ideas, as can a visit to another country or merely an over-heard conversation. A family tragedy or upheaval can send all ideas out of one’s head. They may return or they may not, depending (possibly) on how good the ideas were or (probably) on a chance event that reawakens them.
How about you? Can you write no matter what is happening around you or to you? Do you manage to remember all your good ideas? I’d love to know.