Freedom From The Mundane - A Writer's Blog

Friday, February 03, 2006

The Flow Of Inspiration

Fog was thick and widespread this morning, when I looked out the bedroom window. Cold air trapped by warm creating a stillness of misterious mist. Very atmospheric. Despite the usual chaos getting everyone ready in the morning, I had a stroke of luck when I left to get the bus to work. One of my neighbours is a taxi driver and was just starting his shift. He offered me a lift for free and took me to the front door of my work. Maybe these east-coasters ain't so bad, after all.

The day dragged. I was so looking forward to getting on the train and just travelling for a wee while that I couldn't take my mind off it. The train journey is actually an excellent journey if to take the time to look out the window. Much of it runs along the coast with the North Sea, and when you get to Berwick-upon-Tweed the train passes over a wonderful bridge. Eventually the train will leave the countryside and rolls into the capital of the English North; Newcastle. Industry and populace take over from rolling green, and you know it will soon be time to disembark.

During the journey I had the inspiration for a story and started writing. I just let it flow, seeing where it would take me and writing the words long-hand into my notebook. It came out at about 1200 words but there's a lot I can do with it to give it more oomph before I edit. I quite like it. Not the usual kind of thing I normally write about but I enjoyed it. The charactrers were like old friends; it all slotted into place.

And there was me saying no more short stories until I get the novels moving!

Craig met me at the station and we whisked our merry way further east to South Shields; a small town sitting at the opening of the River Tyne and looking right out to the North Sea.

We had a couple of beers in the flat and then headed out to the various coastal bars around the town. We had a lot of catching up to do; one minute it was 8pm, the next it was 1 in the morning and we were slightly "merry" as we made our way back.

Some Irn-Bru, a cheese roll, three episodes of Frasier later and the night was complete.

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Colin 12:16 pm


Everytime I've taken the train between London and Edinburgh, I end up writing at least one story, if not more. Often, the bulk of the writing happens between York and Edinburgh, with the travel through Northumbria offering the most inspiration.

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