Wednesday, August 17, 2011
RTW: Dreamy Places
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This week's question:
What is the most inspiring setting you've ever visited in real life?
With the exception of just inside the border visits to Canada, I've never been out of the country (fixing that), but I have visited some pretty amazing places stateside: San Fransisco, NYC, Niagra Falls (um...fabulous), State College, PA...I've even watched a Cubs game from the top of a building right outside Wrigley Field. And as awe-inspiring those places are, nothing quite inspires me like the ones right in my backyard (or maybe a short drive away from it).
If you're a blog faithful, you know this girl LOVES going to the beach. And while the sun zaps me with it's rays, the locale is zapping my mind with ideas, dialogue, character whatsiehoozits, and incredible insight and direction. Many times I leave and can't shut my mind down (which really sucks if I don't have time to write after). And my senses go totally WILD. I watch people, listen to crashing waves, breathe in salty air, shake off gritty sand between my toes. I know I've talked about this before, but fieldtripping to spots I write about is one of my best resources.
And it doesn't really matter where or when - EVERYTHING about the ocean and beach (for me) are breath-taking and so, so mind-opening.
Another place that inspires me - football stadiums. At night. Yeah, yeah I know. It's not the Taj Majal or the Louvre. Football stadiums can be loud and muddy and smoke-filled and I LOVE THEM! And since characters in all my stories spend time there, they're especially inspiring. And...AND high school football starts (officially) THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!!! Guess you know where I'll be. *sigh*
Finally, I know this is going to sound uber-cheesy, but I go to this place every year (as a chaperone for eighty some eighteen year olds), and I ALWAYS get inspired.
I've not yet written Disney World into any of my stories, but Walt's magic and his movies and his quotes and his characters and EVERYTHING Disney always inspire me to keep dreaming.
All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.
If you can dream it, you can do it.
No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true. (Cinderella)
I don't know about you people, but without dreams I shrivel up like a raisin. I have the strongest support system at home, but take away my dreams, remove my hope and I am NOTHING. If I don't believe I'm going to be an author one day, if I don't believe I can make my dreams come true, than no one else will believe I can either.
So, whenever I feel mucho unconfident, I turn to Disney. And if I can't go to the most magical place on earth, I pop in some Aladdin. Or Cinderella. Or Toy Story. Or - you get it. We watch A LOT of Disney at the Miller house.
So how about YOU? What's the most inspiring setting you've visited?