I follow many authors over on Facebook. Some have regular weekly posts about their books, bad jokes, men in kilts, or a number of other topics. My favorite posts are Suzanne Enoch’s weekly writing inspiration photos. More often than not, those photos include castles; something I always been enamored with.
Here in the States, castles are few and far between. The closest thing I remember visiting as a child was “Hearst Castle”, the residence of the newspaper magnet William Randolph Hearst. Initially envisioned as a bungalow, it morphed into an imposing 56 bedroom, 61 bathroom mansion with gardens, swimming pools, an airfield, and even the world’s largest private zoo.
Nice, but not a “real” castle.
Fortunately I’ve been lucky enough to visit a number of actual castles during my travels to Ireland, England, and France. I’m hoping to add a few more to my list this year. In the meantime, I’ll just have to get my writing inspiration from Suzanne’s posts. Last week’s photo was of Duart Castle in Scotland. A loch, a hard stone fortress, and snowy peaks – very inspiring.
Now that I’ve been properly inspired, it’s time to do a little writing, starting with a Random Word Improv warm-up session.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, working on your latest story, enjoying some “you” time, or just looking for a distraction, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page.
Today’s random words may be castle-related, but the theme is up to you. There will be bonus points for including a “zebra” though.
turret stone isolated tower
ancient defense timber moat
impress landscape power drawbridge
keep siege chilly immense
For any of you new to Random Word Improv, here’s how we play:
- Pick as many words from the list as you want
- Write the first line(s) of a story incorporating your words
- Post your results in the comments section.
Okay. Are you ready? Let’s sprint!
*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*
Ah, you’re back. Kind of fun, right? Can’t wait to see what you have come up with.