Friday, July 30, 2010

A Few Fans of August Rock

There is something about being on the water that inspires me. I can't explain it but it stirs ideas. Yesterday was one of those magic summer days and it was also one that had a very low tide (springs) and I dragged DH out to see August Rock. The photos were taken when it was no longer exactly low tide but one could get the feel for how the reef could do some serious damage to the unaware....


While motoring back, I looked to the position of the house, Trevenen, and I knew that the book must be rewritten in first person. I have to confess that the thought came to me complete and of such certainty that I will have to follow this up even though I have only ever dabbled with first person. However the ground work has been laid with the removal of Tristan's pov in the last revision. So this latest light bulb moment tied up with the one I had in bath about two months ago while reading Agatha Christie I think will make August Rock the book it needs to be. I am a happy bunny except for the fact that this project is at the back of the queue. I need to submit my NWS partial of Penderown before I can do anything else. Of course I mustn't let the lids know that it hasn't been sent because after last summer I promised them it would be done and dusted before the holidays....

So the question for today....is there anything that inspires ideas or clarifies them for you?

13 comments:

Captain Black said...

Aha, so that's where you got the name from.

Susie Vereker said...

Expect I told you that one of my first sailing experiences with DH was in the Helford River, and I was always scared of August Rock, particularly if DH was late getting back.
Thanks for all your v.g. reports. You should be a journalist too!

DJ Kirkby said...

I don't like being out on water, though I do enjoy swimming. Those photos are gorgeous!

liz fenwick said...

Yes, Capt B - all is revealed :-)

Susie I don't think you had mentioned it! Thanks for the kind words.

DJ - I'd be in trouble in this family if I didn't like boating...

lx

Debs said...

It's lovely to see the photos of August Rock.

I'm also working on my submission for NWS, but thankfully have a quiet weekend this weekend, so will make the most of it and get as much done as I possibly can.

sheepish said...

Lovely photos. I love the sea but don't get there often enough. Ideas often come when I am out running and also in the middle of the night[when I should be sleeping!] but i don't always remember them as I would wish. Or perhaps the ideas just sound better in my head than on paper!!!!

HelenMHunt said...

I often get those moments while reading other people's writing, so not at all surprised that you did whilst reading Agatha Christie.

Flowerpot said...

I was there yesterday Liz! How could anyone not be inspired by the Helford?

liz fenwick said...

FP - how true!!!
lx

Steve Malley said...

Inspiration strikes at strange moments, and clarity is an increasingly rare quality in my life these days.

I do envy your sailing, though... :)

cs harris said...

I once changed a book from third to first person. It did amazing things for the story, but I was also surprised by how much it required me to change.

Bathtubs and showers are my two best places for inspiration. I guess that counts as water!

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