Welcome to another month of the Insecure Writers’ Support Group post.
If you would like to know more about this very helpful, supportive blog hopper go here
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments.
September question (optional) : If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?
Would it be some faraway, exotic location?
Or maybe a location that would be the actual story setting?
Or is your sweet spot the local coffee shop, where you spend many hours bringing your story to life?
Thank you to Michelle Wallace for her article this month on the favourite writing locations of famous authors. Check it out on the home page of the IWSG. (see above) Personally I learnt a lot and it gave me inspirations to reflect upon.
My favourite place to write is at Elie du Bois, Dordogne. Outside looking over the meadow with the dawn caressing the trees. The 250 year-old farmhouse sends vibes and its ghosts whisper tales to my soul. In the winter, I drag the wooden table from the dining room in front of the fire and lose my mind in the flames.
I also like to write in the location where my story is set. My Caged Bird I wrote mostly in Sitges, in the morning, on the terrace of the Hotel Capri looking over the Garraf mountains tumbling into the sea. The sun cresting the rock.
My Red Wheelbarrow is set in Staten Island, New York. I couldn’t go there in July or August but my memory, pictures, Super 8s and the red scooter I handled in my mother’s garage in Paris this summer, all helped re-create the setting across the Pond.
My novel in progress is set in Cameroon and New York. So I’d love to be able to live and write between the two locations. However this will not be feasible in the foreseable future. Photos, music, travel notebooks take me back there. But tha’t not good enough. That’s maybe why I’m stalling … I need to be immersed in the air I breathe, the air my characters breathe, hear the birdsongs they hear, see the waves break on their shores, the bush antelope dart between the trunks, the honking of yellow cabs, the rattling of the train taking us both to New Orleans …
Kanda Bongo Man, Kwasa Kwasa, here
Muchana, go here
Golden Sounds, Zangalewa, go here
Waka Waka, the original, here
Maele, Madjing Mawoc, go here
Abom Ngong, here
Eyongo, You must calculer, go here
Tu n’as pas compris, here
Ray Charles, I got a Break Baby, here
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, just little while to Stay Here, click
Elie du Bois, August 2019
Thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to comment, discuss. And I will be sure to reply. Have an inspiring September.