What's it got to do with inspiring your writing? Well, I think the outdoors does. So, I urge you to get out in it if you possibly can and absorb every detail of weather, smell, sight, feeling. Research suggests that open spaces allow greater creativity and lateral thinking. The same research even suggests that higher ceilings allow greater creativity than low ceilings. I wrote about this here on the Awfully Big Blog Adventure, and there are references to the research, if you're interested.
|Our ash tree, like some kind of ghost|
|Our garden table, like some kind of cupcake|
|Our dog on the bridge across the ha-ha in the gardens behind our garden|
|Not bad for a picture taken with an iphone, eh?|
It certainly inspired me: I got 11,000 words of a novel written in four days of not being able to get out of my front door. I almost (but not quite) wish for more snow. (Since writing this, we did have a load more and I've completely gone off it.)
This is my last post of 2010. I hope you have enjoyed my holiday frivolity? Tomorrow and on Monday, there will be two final inspiring holiday messages before we get back to serious work after that. Meanwhile, I promise to raise a glass or two to you all this evening. Cheers!