You never know when you’re going to stumble upon inspiration, whether its for a story, a character, or even a setting. My most recent stumble was in a place that I’ve visited half a dozen times over the years: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Gettysburg is known for the famous Battle of Gettysburg, a three-day battle during the American Civil War that arguably turned the tide of the war. But it wasn’t the battlefields that caught my eye after I finished my breakfast at Friendly’s Restaurant. It was the partially torn-down motel behind it.
The first thought that popped into my mind was survivors during the zombie virus outbreak could hole up on the second floor. They’d be well out of the zombies’ reach and other survivors might think twice about entering the crumbling building.
Then I spotted the literal writing on the wall. Sale prices for desks and tables and chairs scribbled in black, and they made me think of an auction. A curious young woman might be attending that auction and discovers a mysterious object in the wall that happens to be the key to the underworld.
Will any of these ideas blossom into a story? Or will this motel show up as a setting in my fiction? I have no idea. Maybe. But I know for sure that I’ll be keeping my eyes pealed for other inspiration to stumble upon.
Have you been inspired by a location you’ve seen while traveling? Let me now in the comments below.