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Sep. 24th, 2010 | 12:38 pm

 
For months I have wanted to "find" this castle:



The castle ruin in Konigstein.

I have seen this castle in the distance, on a hill, when driving from my kids' orthodontist to their school. Last Saturday we went "castle hunting" and wandered until we found it. We did not know what it was called or even for sure what town it was until we got there. What a great ruin. I found the fine detailed herringbone pattern in one outer wall intriguing and wondered why the workers took the effort, as I've never seen that before.
It is fun to imagine the castle and its inhabitants hundreds of years ago.
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Another photo: I saw the waterfall and red autumn colors reflecting in a small lake in Palmengarten, a private botanical garden, near where I live.



It was sunny earlier this week and I took my Mac and sat at a table overlooking this view and wrote. It has many large tropicariums (large greenhouse type buildings with plants) in addition to the large grounds with numerous gardens.

My stories are influenced by places I've lived or visited. I "feel" the place, or a combination or places, (or my memory of the place) when I'm writing and it imbues a type of emotional sensibility into the setting.
None of my stories are set at a specific place I know, but the essences of those places enter my stories.
Do you use real places in your stories? Or parts of real places?

Well, back to revising my novel/thesis.
Happy writing.

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Newport2Newport

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from: newport2newport
date: Sep. 24th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Well, yes, I do use real places in my stories. :)

It's important, even in a memoir, to give the readers an anchor in time and space. Otherwise, the story could take anywhere, and in turn, the characters are less defined. Because I really do believe that where we are at the time things happens helps influence our response. And there are places that feel more like home than others. I'll bet you understand that, heart and soul.

PS I LOVE that castle photo. The greenery, draped over the crumbling stone walls...so evocative and lovely. Thanks for sharing your discovery. Did you take lots of pictures?

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sarah_create

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from: sarah_create
date: Sep. 24th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
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I took lots of pictures.
I also have nice photos of other castles, but this one was nice as there were no tourists. (Same w/my photos of Frankenstein castle ruin.)

I create specific places and settings, usually using pieces of places I know. So I use real places, but so far not a real place where someone could walk the streets, though I might do that someday.

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Rose Green

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from: olmue
date: Sep. 24th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
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*am jealous*

I could definitely, DEFINITELY write well in that environment!!

Well, you already know that I like real places in my books. They are all so different, you see, and like Melodye said, characters are more unique when they are tied to a place.

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sarah_create

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from: sarah_create
date: Sep. 24th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
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It rained today, so I couldn't sit there and write.
I'd love to find a cafe or somewhere else near to go and write for an hour or two a day. Not that this apartment isn't a fine place . . .

I revised my lecture and I brought out the idea a little stronger that character is partially formed by place. (Just one little piece of identity . . . but it is so true.)

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robinellen

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from: robinellen
date: Sep. 24th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Wow, very cool :)

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sarah_create

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from: sarah_create
date: Sep. 26th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
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It is nice to have things close.
If only the view from my apartment was so incredible--but I can always look out and see rabbits, lots of rabbits. Really.

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from: sarah_prineas
date: Sep. 24th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Happy writing yourself!

We went on a long hike once in Germany and stumbled on this castle ruin, just sitting out there at the end of a long dirt road. Ancient history pops up all over the place there!

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sarah_create

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from: sarah_create
date: Sep. 26th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
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It is neat, the castles here. Sometimes we see over 10 castles on a short drive, like when we are on a road near the Rhine or going south toward Heidelberg. I think the stumbling on ruins is the most fun of all!

A long hike sounds nice!

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Claire

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from: hoshikaze
date: Sep. 25th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
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That castle ruin is really cool looking.

I hear you on the essence of a place entering stories. I sometimes work in bits and pieces of real places into my writing. My one novel draft is set directly in actual towns while others are fictional places inspired by various real places.

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sarah_create

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from: sarah_create
date: Sep. 26th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
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Castle ruins are fun.
Fictional places inspired by real places--that is a great way to word it, at least how I sometimes come up with place.

Good luck with your writing.

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kathys_shadow

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from: kathys_shadow
date: Sep. 28th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
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I love the way you use place in your stories--it becomes such an essential thing for both the plot and the characters.

That's an incredible picture from the botanical garden--absolutely gorgeous!

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