Writing on Holiday

I’m away in West Somerset this week, a part of the country I dearly love for its rolling hills of Exmoor, the wonderful coastline, pretty little medieval moor towns, historic ruins and places just to get away from it all and ponder life. This is the setting of the novel Lorna Doone. Ashamedly, despite that I come here every year I still haven’t read it. I have no excuse now as it is on my Kindle and I didn’t even have to pay for it (copyright expired).

The area is such inspiring countryside and often I go somewhere secluded to make notes or otherwise to write the old fashioned way – with pen and paper. I get a lot of thinking done in places like this (see Bossington beach in the gallery)

Yesterday, I gave my dinner date story a thorough edit for the Arc 1.3 competition and added about 300 words. I want to make this more substantial even though it is already within the wordage range for the competition. Today I’m off to walk part of the South West Coast Path to find somewhere quiet along the Exmoor coast to sit and ponder how I’m going to further approach the subject of concepts of travel in a post-climate change world and how two people on a date can be challenged by the other to see things a little differently and how their own approach might be problematic. I’m going to take my camera and my notebook. Though I don’t expect the landscape itself to inspire this particular story, you never know what new ideas I can come up with.

Of course, the story is already in place but I want to make this as thorough and as comprehensive as I possibly can.

Ok, my feet are itching now. Expect updates in the next few days.

All images copyright M.G. Mason

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2 thoughts on “Writing on Holiday

  1. This is not an area I know, but I do long to do so. I love Dorset and Wiltshire and know parts of Devon and Cornwall, but the bit in between is as yet a mystery.
    I would like to visit. It looks wild and unspoilt. Lovely.

    1. It is beautiful. I would love to get a job down here but sadly there aren’t that many. I am lucky enough that I have qualifications that could get me work for either of the National Parks.

      Alternate plan is to retire down here.

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