We've had several warm, sunny days in Bristol lately. Not only has it been great to get outside, I think my writing, or at least my work ethic, has been better for it, too.
A few weeks ago I wrote about inspiration, finding beauty in art, music, and architecture, and how important it is to feed our souls. So when a writing friend sent me this video, of writers Holly Black (author of White Cat, which I loved), and Cassandra Clare talking about their writing retreat in Mexico, I totally got it.
But this quote from Clare really caught my attention: "I've gotten about half, maybe more of 'City of Lost Souls' done here... It's funny, because it's a really dark book. It's got a lot of darkness, a certain amount of existential angst, and meanwhile I'm writing in these extremely beautiful surroundings, surrounded by all these flowers!"
I had been struggling with Project Demo, my own dark book. Especially with life being a little crazy lately, it's been hard to keep going back to it, and to keep pushing deeper and farther into such despairing places.
But Clare's experiences mirror my own. While I'm not nearly lucky enough to be writing from a retreat in Mexico surrounded by flowers, even just getting some sunshine in plain old Bristol has been so welcome.
Those of you who follow this blog have heard me moan before about how dark my writing often becomes. But I feel I've uncovered a little secret from Black and Clare's experiences. If I take care of myself, and feed my soul, the writing (however dark) will follow.
*The photo is mine from Bristol's annual International Balloon Fiesta*