Inspiration: ‘The Look’
For some reason a long walk in the countryside, a wander around a lovely village or house often sets my imagination off and before long I am thinking about plots, characters and locations.
I take dozens of photos when I am out and about and I use them as visual notes so that when I am ready to write, I can have a look at the photos and work out locations and how my characters will fit into them.
The main location for my short story, ‘The Look,’ is the river. The name of the location is never given but the main characters meet in a local Pub and then stroll along the river until they find the location they plan to photograph.
The idea for the story came from a 100 word piece I wrote for a weekly writing competition held by Sue Welfare – I’ve mentioned this author in several other posts. She also writes under the name of Kate Lawson. Anyway, she used to set 100 word competitions for the writing group called at that time, ‘Writers for Welfare,’ and I wrote a short piece about two people meeting on a social networking site, like Facebook.
My story won that week as I recall. I forgot all about it until one afternoon last year when I was strolling along the river in a nearby nature reserve, and I recalled my short story. Suddenly it all came to me (a longer, more complete story), and the location where I was standing at the time was just what I had in mind.
I took a number of photos which I planned to use as locations for the main action, though I couldn’t find a deserted Mill, and so I don’t have any photos of one in my collection. I like to take my own photos where possible as it is sometimes impossible to get permission from copyright holders for the use of their photos.
‘The Look,’ concludes in Monaco and as I have never been there, I have no photos of that location either. Tempting as it is, I cannot see myself visiting Monaco in the near future.
When I had completed ‘The Look,’ which is included in the Anthology, I Am Woman Volume One, still on sale on amazon.co.uk, in aid of three charities, I received such positive feedback from readers, that I am now toying with the idea of turning the whole concept into a novel or series of novels, as the possibilities for expanding the story – and having prequels and sequels, just like the movies – seem endless. However, that will have to wait as I am writing four novels at the moment and there are only so many hours in a day!
The Look’ is a story with a twist in the tale which, for some reason, I seem to do quite often. I do hope it won’t put you off of Social networking, but I do hope it will make you all take more care when ‘friending’ someone.