I’ve moved house one too many times in the last few years. For someone who likes having roots and stability, this has been quite an emotional challenge. Though which upheaval and challenge and change there inevitably comes growth and inspiration. Putting houses on sale, selling houses, buying houses, leaving houses, moving houses – the whole process, is filled with potential stories. Stories are all about people set in motion by new circumstances (see the beginning of every single one of Shakespeare’s plays to see this confirmed).
Homes are also where human dramas take place. I used this in my second novel, The Return of Norah Wells, which all, more or less, takes place in one house. I was writing, the house became a character in the story.
The other day I walked to town to collect my bike, which I’d had to leave overnight due to a snow storm. Walking is a spiritual and creative activity for me. It stills my soul, it is my daily mindfulness practice. I took this picture of a house on Pleasant Street. I hope the owners doesn’t mind – maybe it will give them some publicity! The English girl in me also loved the very American ‘call Darlene’ – not quite the style of ‘For Sale’ signs in the UK.
So, today, think about home and moving from home or losing a home or moving into a new one – or whatever speaks to you from this image.
Let your imagination take you where it will. Write for 5 minutes, no stopping, no looking back, no editing or criticising – just scribble!
Happy writing! 💫