Recently I wrote about a fact finding mission to Nelson Lakes. Well, that was the shakedown trip for my Abel Tasman Tramp, which I did last weekend (16th May to 20th May).
It was an amazing four days, filled with adventure, sweat, blood and tears (okay, the last two happened on the second to last day), but it was also filled with beauty and creativity.
Walking out of Awaroa, we saw the isolation of one of the houses in there, and an idea sprang to mind. When we arrived at the Bark Bay hut, within 2 hours, I had a rough outline of a story. I couldn’t believe it, normally a story takes me a few days or weeks to get all the details, but this story just popped into my head and just kept growing, so by the time I reached the hut, I had enough information to really get something down. I can’t believe it.
And while it doesn’t fit into the “Cursed Love” series that I am currently writing, it could start a whole new “Running Away” series, where people are running away from their lives and trying to find something new.
And talking of “Cursed Love” series, I spied my walking companion’s necklace and an idea came to me. I am currently studying Mauri Ora, the Maori Culture. The first few things we learn about are some of the Maori myths and legends, and the myth of Maui was one I had read recently. The story, and seeing my friend’s whale bone necklace has started the old synapses firing, and I have a rather epic last story for Cursed Love series.
On Saturday, I managed to crank out over 2k on Curse of the Taniwha, and some ideas on where I want the story to go. I can’t wait to get it sorted, and have got fired up to start writing it again. Yay!
So getting back to the title, making the most of nature, I challenge people to get out and have a look around, use the scenery around you, go for walks and take a look at what you see. Sometimes ideas will pop into your head, sometimes entire ideas will make themselves known. You won’t know unless you try it.