Inspiration is an important part of every writer’s journey. So far my writing has often been inspired by a place or a building. ‘The Dragon Legacy’ is set in the English Lake District in the hills overlooking Lake Ullswater. Although the name I used is fictional it is based on a lakeside village that I know there.
Since I moved into the old Pleasley about eighteen months ago I’ve had numerous ideas for featuring the pit. Coal was first mined here in 1872. The ground was broken for the mine by Florence Nightingale whose family lived on the site.of
This weekend I discovered the surrounding mills and houses in nearby Pleasley Vale. More pictures are on my Inspirational Places Pinterest board. Even though the mills are currently used to house small businesses it isn’t hard to imagine what they were like in the seventeenth century when they were the site of a water forge . Or in 1784 when the cotton-spinning mills were built. There were decimating fires in the nineteenth century and the mills were used to store munitions during the 1914-1918 war. The history is so rich here I’m sure it could inspire a whole series of stories.
I particularly like the turreted house which makes me think about awith Fae. Or the setting for a time travel romantic adventure.
The smallthat is housed within the walls of an old mill was particularly intriguing. What would happen if you fell asleep in the sunshine in such a delightful spot, only to wake up in the dirt and dust of the original mill centuries before?
My favourite though was this derelict stone building. What a story it could tell. Everyone loves a building with a past.
I would love to know where you find your inspiration.