Wednesday, August 17, 2011

RTW: Inspiration on the Road

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's question: What is the most inspiring setting you've ever visited in real life?

My writing tends to skew dark, so I write about a lot of claustrophobic places. But I’m also inspired by wide open spaces... like the really ridiculously wide open spaces that we rode through in Kansas and Idaho. They were the setting of many of my favorite photos from the trip, and not just because most didn't even have telephone poles to break the view.

There might not be many describable details crowding the landscape, but there's just something about the overwhelming vastness of it all, you know?

What inspiring settings have you visited?


  1. I'm partial to a good barren desert myself :) Lovely!

    <3 Kelsey Leigh

  2. Agreed! My mind is stimulated although I do prefer the wide openness of an empty beach. Thanks for sharing the pics!

  3. But you know, if you can describe that vastness, it gives the setting so much character. I love those pictures. I can definitely tell which are Kansas and Idaho, having spent considerable time in both states. :)

  4. Vast is the perfect word for those photos. They're starkly beautiful, and I can totally see how they inspire you.

  5. Thanks, everyone!

    Alison: I love the endless look of the shore and the sea as well; I've just never been a fan of the taste of salt water or the stickiness of wet sand, so I don't get to see them in person much. ;-)

  6. I live an island, so the idea of such wide open space without an ocean is alien to me. Beautiful pictures :)

  7. Wonderful pics. You could get lost out there.