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- Writing tips, tricks & how-to
- Writing advice & encouragement
- Writing snippets
- Fancy rants about martial arts
- …and lots of opportunities for audience participation!
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When I was driving cross-country to move from New York to Washington, I listened to a number of audio-books. While Neil Gaiman’s American Gods pumped through my speakers, I started passing signs for roadside attractions he described in the story. My dad told me it meant I was in the right place at the right time.
These coincidences have been cropping up more and more for me now that I’m in San Francisco. I’ve started reading books recommended to me ages ago. On the surface, they don’t have much in common, but as I learn more about the authors, a common thread emerged. Jack London was born in San Francisco. The interview in Interview with a Vampire takes place on Market & 6th, in San Francisco. Christopher Moore’s Bloodsucking Fiends trilogy takes place in North Beach, San Francisco. Robert M. Pirsig’s son was killed in the Haight district, San Francisco. Either I’m seeing what I want to see, or I’m seeing what I need to see. I’m where I need to be right now.
Environment shapes perception, and perception shapes writing. Even if you don’t write about your city, or your family, or your era, all of those seeds of truth will be in your writing. You have a story to tell. Bring it forth. Be here now, and know that you’re in the right place at the right time.
“Just because you are seeing divine light, experiencing waves of bliss, or conversing with Gods and Goddesses is no reason to not know your zip code.”
― Ram Dass
― Ram Dass
What kind of stuff from your travels (or your house!) shows up in your writing? Leave a message in the comments.