It feels like northeast Ohio is waiting in line for a shower in a hot, steamy bathroom. Summer has arrived! When it’s not too awfully sticky, I love taking walks around our town. We have a couple pretty parks nearby, and it’s nice to get to the store, library, and post office on foot if I want. This country girl never thought she’d be happy as a “townie”, but it does have its perks.
We also have a beautiful cemetery right near our house that’s perfect for strolling through. It’s interesting to read the gravestones and wonder what the people’s lives were like. I’m saddened when I see dates that aren’t many years apart, thankful when I see veterans’ graves, and encouraged by epigraphs that point to Jesus.
During my many walks through the cemetery, I’ve often thought what a great place it is for writers to get inspiration. (I hope that doesn’t seem morbid, and I’m sure there are plenty of authors out there who would agree with me!) It’s just brimming with unique names, and the inscriptions and images engraved on the stones often pique my curiosity. What a great way to get a character and story going in your head!
So, have you ever walked through a cemetery and found inspiration for your writing? If you have, leave a comment and tell us about it. If not, try it sometime. I wouldn’t go after dark, though, which is probably why I edit romance, not mystery or suspense! :-)