To keep their inspiration and motivation flowing, writers can enjoy a change of scenery to stir up fresh ideas. Fabulous new material flows from being stuck in a rut, so it’s good to step away and experience an unknown place for the first time.
Where should writers go to dive in and awaken new buds of creativity that keep their inspiration flowing? I suggest they travel to faraway destinations, where brilliant writers garnered their inspiration.
Brent Crane’s article For a More Creative Brains, Travel, reveals why creatives, including writers Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain, used their international traveling experiences to sculpt their work.
Let check out three majestic places to writers to increase creativity.
Paris is the City of Lights by the light that flows from the high concentration of writers, artists, and academics that perpetually come to the city.
Join the light at the Paris Writer’s Café where you spend a week in Paris with a small group of travelers/writers speaking English in morning workshops. Your afternoon is free to wander and walk the streets of Paris.
You can linger at a café, stroll in a luxurious garden, and stop by a world-renown bookstore.
La Closerie de Lilacs
This chic cafe-bar and restaurant, near Montparnasse, was once the stomping grounds of French and American writers alike. 19th-century French poets Paul Verlaine and Charles Baudelaire grabbed drinks here, while fellow poet Paul Fort met here every Tuesday to read poems with the likes of Guillaume Apollinaire and Max Jacob.
Samuel Beckett, Man Ray, Oscar Wilde, and Jean-Paul Sartre
Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Henry Miller often stopped for a drink, and Hemingway wrote about the bar in his memoir of Paris, A Moveable Feast. Fitzgerald also first gave his manuscript of The Great Gatsby to his friend Hemingway to read here, according to legend.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Share in the experience that Paris’s literary crowd found in the charms and inspiration of the park are a central part of some of France’s best-known works. Victor Hugo spotlighted the park in his masterpiece Les Miserables – it becomes the site of the first meeting between Marius Pontmercy and Cosette. Henry James also features the gardens in The Ambassadors, and the last scene of William Faulkner’s Sanctuary takes place here. Paul Verlaine and André Gide wandered in the park for inspiration.
Shakespeare and Company
A must-visit for any writer is to a bookstore. The illustrious Shakespeare and Company, which initially functioned as a lending library and bookseller under the ownership of American ex-pat and literary sponsor Sylvia Beach. Walk into the store and sense the aura from 1921 to 1940 when the bookshop was the second home to such famed Anglo-American writers as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Ezra Pound. Irish writer James Joyce used the shop as his office.
Edinburgh is another location for writers to find that creative spark since Edinburgh is rich with their literary history. Scotland’s literature begins with its first book, The Complaint of the Black Knight, published in 1508. In 2004 UNESCO crowned Edinburgh the honor of being the first UNESCO City of Literature.
Where should writers wander in Edinburgh to find the places for literature lovers to immerse themselves in the world of excellent books?
After pausing at a cozy café to retreat and linger over a good book. After reflecting on the city’s literary magic and wonder where to more about the wonder of the town that inspired all its illustrious native writers. Head to The Writer’s Museum, which contains the works of some of Scotland’s most celebrated writers, including Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson. You can see portraits, rare books, and personal objects, including Burns’ writing desk, the printing press on which first produced Walter Scott’s Waverley Novels, and various items from Stevenson’s travels around the world.
For more literary wonderlands, check the many other literary sites to awaken and inspire your writing muse.
Writers seek to the magic of the Berkshires. Edith Wharton, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Melville were all inspired by breathing in the landscape’s beauty, where time and space allowed words to flow.
Places to move your writing skills up the scale.
At the Berkshires Writer’s retreat, immerse into your creative muse at the 1791 Hart House in New Marlborough, where you’ll be one of an intimate group of up to six writers. You’ll comfort and encouragement, in an environment that nourishes you and the soulful exploration and expression of your work.
The Berkshire Writers Haven provides an immersive retreat environment for writers. Their exceptional gardens and grounds and the curated energy of our light that fills the residence to offer an ideal atmosphere for creative work. Our retreat guest rooms provide a spacious, private place of your own.