Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September 2019 #TheIWSG Story Writing Locations and a Terrifying Project

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Optional Question: If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?

I love writing anywhere - my car, on my couch, in the special writing chair (I write too much there and hurt my back), in bed, at the dining room table, at my desk, in coffee shops, in dance studio lobbies (when my daughters danced), waiting rooms, and even at kayak races. I've written at home and abroad, on airplanes, trains, and buses. 

However, I just visited this beautiful place - The Dungeness Spit Lighthouse. It's possible to volunteer there for a week as a docent. I would love to do that someday.


View from the top of the Dungeness Spit Lighthouse on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington

Seagulls

The Dungeness Lighthouse

If you can't read the sign it says: Serenity and Reality 5 miles. 
(The walk to the lighthouse is 5.5 miles from the parking lot.)



A Terrifying Project
I decided to write something I'm terrified of writing. It's not horror. 

Can you guess what genre it is?
If you can, post your guess in the comments.
I'm not going to reveal much for now because of my post I wrote near the end of August about Book Graveyards (A post title I borrowed from Krystal Jane's post in August). 

Happy IWSG Day!!!

Today is the last day for:

And, this is the plan for Instagram this month (I was struggling over a desire for perfection for this, and finally decided I just had to go with what I have):

74 comments:

Erika Beebe said...

Lighthouses are so inspiring. What a lovely place Tyrean. And I love how you've volunteered in this location. Being a mom, you have to find time to write just about anywhere :) Good luck on your new project :)

Em-Musing said...

Never thought of writing in a lighthouse...but this one looks inspiring. You sure know how to focus. I can create things in my mind anywhere...but writing? I need quiet time for that.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Erika - I haven't volunteered there yet, but I hope to be able to someday! And yes, being a mom means writing anywhere.
Thanks!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Em-Musing - the focus is a good and bad thing - sometimes I focus in on a project and lose sight of the world.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Volunteering at a lighthouse sounds like such fun! I'm going to guess memoir.

Chemist Ken said...

Old lighthouses are fun places to visit, especially when they have spooky origin stories. I can definitely see writing there. It's good to be able to write anywhere, but it's these special places that kick our imaginations into overdrive.

Thanks for co-hosting this month's IWSG post!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A lighthouse! Now that would be cool.
You're writing a children's book. That would scare me.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And thanks for co-hosting today!

lostinimaginaryworlds.blogspot.com said...

There are so many things we are afraid of, wonder what it is. In a lighthouse? A great idea 😊

Pat Garcia said...

Hi,

That lighthouse tower looks like a delightful place to write. You really don't have to worry about any distractions and you have the clouds and the blue sky at your beck and call. I hope you get the opportunity to do just that.

Thank you so much for co-hostng.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

Toi Thomas said...

Thanks for co-hosting this month.
Writing in a lighthouse does sound cool.
Not sure what your project is, but I wish you all the best with it. I'm currently terrified to write anything romantic. I did it once, but haven't been able to complete anything else like it, yet.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love lighthouses. I always enjoyed visiting the one in Newport on the Oregon Coast.

Lynn La Vita said...

How wonderful your creativity and imagination flows in nearly all environments and situations. A precious gift.
I'm curious, how do you capture your thoughts? For example do you carry a small notebook with you at all times? Use a pencil or pen?
Thanks for co-hosting September’s IWSG blog hop.
Lynn La Vita @ Writers Supporting Writers

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't have a guess as to your project, but I know you'll rock it. :)

Tamara Narayan said...

I'd love to stay in a lighthouse for a week. What an adventure!

I'm going to guess Romance for fearful writing, because trying to write in that genre would scare me the most.

cleemckenzie said...

That lighthouse would conjur up all kinds of wonderful stories! If you're venturing into something scary, could it be romance? That always scares me. Happy co-hosting day.

Lisa said...

Looks lovely and serene. Thanks for co-hosting this month!

Nissa Annakindt said...

Good luck with your 'scary' writing project. Hope it's not erotica so I can read it when you are finished. What's scary to me is actually finishing a writing project.

Nissa Annakindt
https://myantimatterlife.wordpress.com

Sadira Stone said...

(Waving from Tacoma) What a gorgeous place to write--and not too far from me! Thanks for co-hosting this month.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tyrean - not quite like our Dungeness here ... a shingle spit ... wonderful views you had in the Park. I'd guess spiders ... ?? Good luck with the authoring ... and I'd be at home - cheers Hilary

Raven O'Fiernan said...

I love lighthouses, but I've never actually seen one. Definitely something to add to the bucket list! Being a docent sounds interesting, too. Thanks for co-hosting!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Good luck on your new project. Any time we venture beyond our comfort zones is scary. Good for you to face those fears.
Thanks for co-hosting this month!
Mary at Play off the Page

F. Stone said...

Beautiful photos. Love the one of the seagulls. I hope you follow your intention of volunteering as a docent (I had to check out the meaning, LOL, of docent). I write in my head for a long time before actually sitting down at the computer. I've been reluctant for a while now to begin with page one. Not sure what's the hold up. Maybe I'll try another cruise. Love the tropics. Thanks for co-hosting. Blessings

krystal jane said...

Is it contemporary? That would scare me. >.< I saw a quote one time that said "write scared." I hear we do some our best writing when we're scared.

I love how the lighthouse is so far away from the parking lot. Lol! The hike is probably worth it though. It's beautiful.

Rachna Chhabria said...

The photos are lovely. I guess writing in a lighthouse must be wonderful.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I need to check out how to volunteer at the lighthouse. How amazing would that be?!

I also write anywhere on anything. I think it's a learned skill from juggling kids and their schedules.

Let's see, are you writing something personal? That's my biggest fear as a writer.

Patricia Josephine said...

I love lighthouses. They are always beautiful to visit. Where I live has quite a few, too, but they are mostly tourist traps now so I wouldn't be able to write there.

Jacqui Murray said...

I can't imagine writing from a lighthouse--too distracting with its views--but it does sound like you can write from anywhere. I'd be jealous if it weren't so easy for me to simply settle in front of my computer!

Astrid said...

I'm so envious of you for being able to write in almost any place.

The sign on the parking lot sounds great. I love the humor.

Astrid said...

I'm so jealous of you for being able to write almost anywhere. Oh and the sign on the parking lot is cool, I like the humor.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for all of the awesome comments and encouragement! I'm coming around to your blogs and thought I would just keep my conversation here a little shorter. (Sorry to disappoint)

I am writing, as some guessed, contemporary, sweet but slightly warm romance. (No erotica, I would probably die of embarrassment or laughter while trying to write the scenes with enough descriptive adjectives.)

Writing for children can be tough, but really, not as tough as writing contemporary romance.

The contemporary part is getting me as much as the romance.

My YA book that I'm revising (6th time for content) is hard because it's contemporary and I've had some alpha feedback on appropriate slang terms, dialogue, and even the body language of my characters from a teen and some adults who work with/have teens.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Congrats on the new project! I love the idea of being a docent at a lighthouse.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I hope you get to volunteer and write at the lighthouse. I'm curious about your new project.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yvonne - Thanks!

Natalie - I hope I do, too, but I think it's a year or two out as far as planning that trip.

S.E. White Books said...

Hmmm, I'd guess a romance plot? Or some romantic elements causing terror in the new project? Thanks for co-hosting this month!

diedre Knight said...

Hi Tyrean,

The idea of writing in a lighthouse intrigues me too. I imagine between the panoramic views and whispered tales of keepers past, something would take my breath away ;-) I love the Serenity/Reality sign!
I enjoyed your August post, and how you manage your waiting room for untold stories. Could it be that you're dipping a pen into an other-worldly realm?
Thanks for co-hosting!

Jennifer Shelby said...

I love the reality/serenity sign. I have a compass in my front yard marked with my favourite fictional places and I may need to add a reality now. Cheers, and happy IWSG day.

Tyrean Martinson said...

SE White - yes, a romance plot, and it's contemporary. That's just two big terrifying areas for me. Fantasy world-building is far easier.

Diedre - I would rather write in an other-worldly realm - far easier to understand than the contemporary world sometimes. :)

Jennifer - That sounds like a great compass!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

That would be a great place to write. Are you terrified of romance? :) :) No?

Teresa

Lee Lowery said...

The view from the top of the lighthouse makes the trip up worthwhile! What a great place to spend a week.

Tyrean Martinson said...

T - I'm definitely terrified of writing romance. Actual romance with my husband is great - but the writing about the falling in love part ... scary.

Lee - Yes, the view definitely makes it worthwhile. I hope I can spend a week there someday in the next few years.

Lidy said...

The couch, table, desk and the library used to be enough as writing spaces. But not so much lately. And if I had to choose, of course, as a fan of Harry Potter, it’ll be Harry Potter related. Like the chair JK Rowling sat in to write the books. The hotel room where she finished the series. The village of Goathland, where Goathland Station, was used as the station for the Hogwarts Express to get to Hogwarts.

Thanks for co-hosting today!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Lidy - the village of Gothland sounds like a wonderful place to write! The question this month has definitely helped me add places to my bucket list.

Dihiwi said...

I didn't know about the Instagram Goodreads discussion so thanks for sharing this information. I really like your thoughtful photos as well. What a wonderful place to write! Thanks for hosting this month's ISWG topic! https://www.dianeweidenbenner.com/iwsg-first-wednesday-9-4-19/

Tyrean Martinson said...

Dihiwi - glad I could help!

Sarah Foster said...

That's great that you can write in so many places! I always think I'll write when I go somewhere, but I do my best work (or most of it, anyway) at home.
Spending a week in the lighthouse would definitely lead to some writing time!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Sarah - I write well when I can sink into my writing and sometimes I do that best with ambient noise. However, I didn't discover that until I became desperate to write with kids going places and errands to run.

T Drecker said...

Lighthouses are amazing! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I had to laugh at the kayak race writing place because I assume you mean 'watching' one. Not while racing. At least, I'd never pull that off, although it would be a ton of fun if one could.
And as to the terrifying genre...romance? (That'd be mine)

Cathrina Constantine said...

Thanks for co-hosting Tyrean! A lighthouse would be awesome to write in overlooking the water.

Arlee Bird said...

You sound to be a pretty flexible writer. You must have a good ability to concentrate. The lighthouse sounds intriguing.

I'll guess the genre that might terrify you might be romance? Writing romance is something that I don't think I'd do well with at all.

Whatever it is I wish you well.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Heather Erickson said...

To me, romance would be a terrifying genre. I'm not sure what is terrifying to you, but I know you can do it!.

Jemi Fraser said...

I love lighthouses - great choice!
From a previous comment you made somewhere I think I would guess romance for your terrifying project! :)

Juneta key said...

Thanks for co-hosting. Gorgeous lighthouse. Loved the pictures. I am just gonna guess to be different, cozy mystery. Happy IWSG Day

Diane Burton said...

Lovely pictures of a lovely place. I hope you can be a docent there soon. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Five miles from the parking lot??? Wow. Long way to carry my laptop. I might have to write by hand, not a bad idea.
Are you writing an auto biography?

Lynda R Young said...

What a beautiful location!! I love it!
And yeah, I move around a lot when I write too. It's never in one place.

Samantha Bryant said...

Ah, writing in a lighthouse would be something special! As for the scary writing, I'm going to guess personal memoir, but maybe that's just because it's what would scare me. @samanthabwriter from
Balancing Act

Nicki Elson said...

Oh my goodness - that lighthouse may win the prize for most peaceful structure ever.

For your new project that has you terrified, I'm gonna guess...romance?? Heehee.

Jennifer Lane said...

Hmm, I'll guess erotica? (I was going to guess romance but Nicki said that so I'll be different!)

I hear the Olympic Peninsula is gorgeous. Great spot! Thanks for co-hosting.

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks for co-hosting, Tyrean! Kudos to you for tackling a writing genre that terrifies you! I'm going to say erotica, but only because the thought of writing in that genre terrifies me ~ LOL I loved your wonderful photos. I've been around lighthouses on many occasions in my life. I would not want to be writing in a lighthouse when the fog horn goes off, let me tell you!

Beth Camp said...

Thank you for your photo-essay about what might inspire your next story, though I can't imagine what you will write about. Your flexibility in writing in many different settings suggests something new . . . maybe you will write about the ocean. But the pictures suggest a love of nature. I can only wish you success!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

A lighthouse is a great pick for writing!

Kalpana said...

That lighthouse looks like somewhere I would like to write as well. Thank you for co hosting this month. Let me guess - the thing you're most afraid of writing - could it be erotica?

Damyanti said...

That place has lovely atmosphere, Tyrean.

And if I were to guess, I'd say crime? But that's cos that's my favorite genre!

Adrienne Reiter said...

Writing in a lighthouse sounds surreal. Great post. Thank you for co-hosting this month!

Debs Carey said...

Thanks for co-hosting. That is a fantastic location. We have a Dungeness here in the UK too and it's a place I absolutely love. Really unusual, atmospheric and a tad dystopian so if that's your genre, it would be perfect. All the best with your new big project :)

Jemima Pett said...

When you said Dungeness I thought you were looking at our Dungeness in England. I don't think there's a lighthouse there - but there is a nuclear power station, so it's very quiet, and a great bird reserve on the gravel shore of the English Channel!

I'd love to stay in a lighthouse, too.

Loni Townsend said...

Looks like it'd definitely provide some inspirational views!

Thanks for co-hosting!

Julie Flanders said...

Oh wow I love lighthouses and that one is especially beautiful. I think it would be so fun to volunteer there. Love the sign too!
As far as the terrifying project, maybe something very personal? I know that would be terrifying for me LOL.

Olga Godim said...

A lighthouse sounds like a unique location to set up your writing studio.
A terrifying project: I'd say a memoirs. That one is truly scary - to open up to all the world to see all my follies. I'd never write a memoirs. I'm not brave enough.

Powdered Toast Man said...

Awesome pic. Lighthouses are underrated. I picked a submarine.

Nick Wilford said...

A week in a lighthouse sounds very rejuvenating, away from all the hassle of life.

I'm going to say a historical for your terrifying project. Although I love history, I'd be worried about getting some key fact badly wrong!

Gwen Gardner said...

I wish I could write anywhere. I always end up looking around. It takes me a long time to settle in. You're so lucky!

A genre you don't write in...hmmm...I'll guess romance?

Heather R. Holden said...

That's impressive how you have the ability to write anywhere!

And best of luck with your terrifying project! (Ultimately something terrifying in a good way, I hope! Pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones is sometimes just the spark a muse needs...)