Today, serendipity brought me to a book about Eudora Welty’s garden. It’s called One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place by Susan Haltom. Welty, who lived in her parents’ home for much of her life, apparently shared a love of gardening with her mother and drew a great deal of inspiration for her writing from the garden her mother created.
I’ve tagged the book for purchase on payday. Meanwhile, it set me thinking about how we writers find ways to feed our imaginations. If we don’t realize the importance of nurturing our creativity, then writing becomes harder and harder with each successive project.
Many years ago, when I was first starting my writing career, I was told by a British literary agent to buy the view that would inspire me to write. Heady stuff for a wide-eyed 22-year-old. At the time, I thought I needed to be a millionaire able to purchase my own island or a country estate in Virginia.
Now, I realize that an inspirational corner is all a writer may need. Be it a bed of flowers inherited from a grandmother, or a writing office furnished with beautiful antiques, or a comfy bedroom chair in a quiet area of the house with a window to read by and a little table at your elbow to hold a cup of tea–these small places of repose and grace can renew our wellspring just as effectively as hearing the surf pound a moonlit beach or gazing at a remote desert horizon.
Do you have a little corner for yourself? One that you don’t share? I think most of us had one as children–some retreat or special hiding place that we believed was ours alone. The treehouse in the backyard or the barn loft over horses munching hay or the soft quiet of the woods in autumn with hickory nuts falling.
Your inner child still needs a safe corner, a secret spot to hide in … or dream in. A place to regroup. If you’ve let others invade your place, make a new one for yourself. If you don’t have one at all, find it.
Don’t you think you–and your writing muse–deserve it?