A Place of One's Own

August 18, 2017



 Where is your special place? You know, the place where you go to clear your head…the place where creativity flows naturally…the place where your dreams take form in words on a page.


As a writer, that special place is sacred. It is a place where characters grow and stories are born. For some, that place is quiet and peaceful while others find inspiration surrounded by people. Your place could be a familiar bench at a park or place you’ve never been, surrounded by new and exciting sights and sounds.


I lose myself in the babble of a creek. Whether I’m stretched out comfortably on a blanket or cross-legged on a rock, watching the water flow by, I seem to find new inspiration. The rustle of leaves, tweeting of birds, and rushing of water calm me and allow my mind to wander to places I’ve never been, meeting new characters and watching their lives unfold in my mind’s stage. The hours melt away in a moment. Sometimes I write a lot. Sometimes, nothing at all. But every time I go, creativity happens.

WRITE IT OUT: If you have a special place, plan to spend some time there. Allow your imagination to flow. Write about what you experience. If you don’t have a place, then take the time to find one. Visit a few different locations with a pen and a notebook. Where are you most creative? Where do you find the most inspiration? Where can you write most easily?

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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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