Once upon a time, storytellers travelled the length and breadth of many lands, seeking out new stories and fascinating spellbound audiences with tales of other places and times. They were the dreamers, the ones whose imaginations and wonderful wordsmithing created new worlds for the majority who never moved beyond the next village.
Writers, along with movie makers, are today’s storytellers, weaving their magic by creating new worlds. They are still travellers for the most part, seeking new stories and heroes for another generation. But where storytellers of old physically embarked on the road less travelled, writers today often embark on virtual journeys to research settings, ferret out facts and dig for detail.
The world is at our fingertips—literally!
Yet there is nothing like living in a place for even a few days to develop a sense of it. While the internet can provide unlimited visual fodder for fertile minds, it cannot capture the essence of a place—the smells, sounds, tastes, the multitude of sensory perceptions essential to craft a realistic setting for our characters and convey a strong sense of place.
And the experiences one has when travelling are, to coin a phrase, ‘priceless’. Those life moments, the sometimes trivial details when a writer recognises another story has taken root and germinated.
Annie Seaton begins the feature on Sunday 23rd December, followed by more fellow writers who will share some of their sources of inspiration and a little more about themselves. Some will talk about travel experiences that have morphed into a new novel, while others will share a variety of special moments they have crafted into evocative scenes. For writers, it really is a case of keeping our eyes open and senses tuned because…