Aspiring authors often hear the advice “write what you know.” If all writers closely adhered to that rule of thumb, we would certainly all be limited in scope! Just consider the historical, fantasy, paranormal and horror writers, for instance, who can’t live in the worlds they write about.
Solid research can make all the difference, along with imagination when developing situations and even entire worlds beyond one’s own experiences. But for me, small towns, rural life, ranches and horses–and yes, the beauty of the Rockies or the far northern parts of the USA–are usually where I “want to be” when I sit down to write.
Writing days don’t always come easy. Some days, it’s hard to feel inspired. Today, for instance, as I ponder the possibilities of finishing a writing deadline on time. Yet, if I look out my office window toward the horse barn and pasture, that in itself can be inspiring.
During the time I was writing my June 2017 Love Inspired novel Falling for the Rancher, for instance–which involved two veterinarians, and lots of animals. :) Did I mention the dogs at my feet as I type this post? Our daughter and son-in-law have sold their house and are staying with us while house hunting, and so we get to enjoy not only them, but also their two dogs. Added to our two dogs, our house and yard are now like a dog park!
Animals have such unique personalities, don’t they? Our Elmo has evolved into a distinguished old gentleman, who loves nothing more than to sit on someone’s lap, though he’s a Border Collie and not all of him fits. :) Sage the Golden is four and still like an exuberant, rowdy immature kid. The newcomers: Ziggy the Mountain Cur is pure heart–just wanting to be loved, and Zane the Dobie is simply hilarious.
Do you have pets at your house? I would love to hear about them!
Best wishes for a wonderful summer!!