Hello, my writing friends.
Fall is upon us. Wrap your head around that. I can’t wait for the cooler temperatures, the first cups of apple cider, and the thrill of football in full swing. (Here’s hoping my Falcons have a better season.)
Meanwhile, you already know what time it is. Writers and bloggers of the IWSG are posting their stories and answering your questions. Special thanks to this month’s co-hosts: Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantine.
So, this month’s optional question is quite interesting.
If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?
I never really gave much thought about my ideal writing spot. I’m so used to sitting at home to write, knowing I will be interrupted at any given time. Even when I have uninterrupted writing time, it doesn’t last long. So, if there was one place in the world where I could sit and write my next story, it would be…
…Harlem, New York.
The birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance.
In middle school, I learned little of Harlem and its significance in American history. I learned about writers like Langston Hughes and W. E. B. DuBois and their contributions. I have a book full of stories written by Hughes and others during that period. But that is all that extends as far as my knowledge. However, as I’m still growing in my identity, I want to learn more about this transitional period in African-American history.
I want to stay at the same hotels the writers did, if they still exist. I want to feel the spark the writers had in that time and transfer it to my writing. They wrote stories indicative of their time, exploring what it meant to be Black. And I want to share that same experience in my stories.
And besides, going to Harlem is as good a reason as any to get out of Georgia for a moment.
What about you? If you could go anywhere to write, where would you go?