Until my recent internet-fast, I spent a lot of time on Pinterest. Especially when I was sick of job-searching or (while I was still in college) procrastinating, I could spend over an hour scrolling through pins. On the one hand, I recognize this as rather unhealthy behavior, but on the other hand I found so many neat things – especially picture from around the world.
I have loved to travel ever since I started going on camping trips with my family when I was in second or third grade (or maybe it was earlier – all those years blur together). As I got older, I started going on weekend girl-scout trips and then out-of-state trips with my drama group. I’ve been abroad with my family and with classes. I love travel, and Pinterest gives me so many ideas for places I want to go (thought to be frank the next place I’m going is the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff – I just have to earn the money for it!), and better yet it gives me ideas for places that characters ought to go.
Yes, I write fantasy and therefore the places my characters go will never be real places, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t use them as inspiration! For example this:
Can you imagine doing something like that? What about your characters? What if the end of their quest is at the end of the trail? Or the villain! If it was my protagonist, she’d be shaking in her boots and the fight against the villain would probably not go so well.
But what about setting? There are some gorgeous places around the world, places that I would never be able to adequately describe, but could see in my mind for certain locations in books (not just my own writing, but published books too). Places like this:
My point is, even if you can’t travel, you can be inspired. Don’t settle for the same-old settings that all fantasy writer’s rely on. Browse the internet for interesting places. Find something that pumps you with adrenaline just looking at it, or makes your heart soar. (Stay tuned for more on setting – Monday’s post will be devoted to it).
What exciting places have you been to? Do you find new places (or pictures) inspiring?
Take care, fellow travelers.
Note: The first two images came from Pinterest, and if you are familiar with that at all then you know sometimes a direct source cannot be located. The first one is supposed to be from a wordpress site, but I couldn’t access it. The second had no source available. The third is a picture that I took in the town where I went to college.