Writing inspirations – a city street seller in Sydney

Today’s writing inspiration – for NaNoWriMo entrants and for writers of all persuasions – is a photo I took of a fruiterer in Sydney.

Fruit stand at the seaward end of Hyde Park, Sydney.

Fruit stand at the seaward end of Hyde Park, Sydney.

You can find these stands all over the city – places to buy fresh fruit and a raft of other things. The proprietor is chatting with a customer. What stories do they hear, I wonder? What do they see of city life? Do they see its underside? Its business? All of it? Pause to think – to wonder – to be inspired.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014

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Writing inspirations – another golden age Deco moment

Today’s writing inspiration – for NaNoWriMo entrants and for writers of all persuasions – is another photo I took in Napier, New Zealand. The city was rebuilt in ‘art deco’ styles after a devastating 1931 earthquake. This is the ‘Dome’, formerly the ‘T&G’ building, of 1936.

Close-up of the former T&G Building (1936).

Close-up of the former T&G Building (1936).

Wellington architects Adkin and Mitchell produced something that harked forward to streamline themes – with those implicit undertones of the refined lifestyles and golden age Hollywood world of 1930s deco. Something to ponder; something to inspire.

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Writing inspirations – a wonderful deco-era hotel

Today’s writing inspiration – for NaNoWriMo entrants and for writers of all persuasions – is the Hollywood Hotel, a bar and performance venue on Foster Street in central Sydney.

Hollywood cinema, near the Sydney CBD.

Hollywood Hotel, near the Sydney CBD.

Long-time readers of this blog will know I am a tremendous fan of art deco. This has to be one of the better examples I have seen of a small deco building – finished, Sydney style, in masonry.

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Writing inspirations – the stories an old boat might tell

Today’s writing inspiration – for NaNoWriMo entrants and for writers of all persuasions – is a photo I took of an old boat in Sydney harbour.

A boat in Sydney harbour...

A boat in Sydney harbour…

The planking and paintwork says it all; and as writers we have to wonder who sailed on this boat over the years – what were their lives, their experiences, their hopes and their dreams? What are the stories that flow around this old boat?

A moment to ponder, to think, and to be inspired.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014

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Writing inspirations – big sky and big country

Today’s writing inspiration – for NaNoWriMo entrants and for writers of all persuasions – is a photo I took of one of New Zealand’s fabulous landscapes. Big sky. Empty road. A vastness that belies the true scale of these modest South Pacific lands.

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This is just east of Lake Wanaka, in high summer. I find it inspiring. Do you?

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Writing inspirations – an invigorating walk around a wonderful bay

Today’s writing inspiration – for NaNoWriMo entrants and for writers of all persuasions – is a photo I took of Oriental Bay in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.

Oriental Bay - named after one of the original colony ships that arrived in 1840 and a popular walk for Wellingtonians today.

Oriental Bay – named after one of the original colony ships that arrived in 1840 and a popular walk for Wellingtonians today.

I find it inspiring to walk around this bay, with its imported sand and its luxury apartments backed by the green belt where – just a little further along – Peter Jackson shot the ‘Hobbits under the log’ scene for Fellowship of The Ring.

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Writing inspirations – the magic of Oriental bay beach

Today’s writing inspiration – for NaNoWriMo entrants and for writers of all persuasions – is a photo I took of the beach in Oriental Bay, Wellington, one sunny weekend in October.

Oriental Bay beach, Wellington, New Zealand.

Oriental Bay beach, Wellington, New Zealand.

To me it’s inspiring because, just ten years ago, this beach didn’t exist. It was made with the help of 30,000 tons of sand brought in from Golden Bay in the South Island, held back with artificial reefs that sit a little way out in the bay. A symbol of our imagination – and of the way, given sufficient effort, we can bring that imagination to reality. Something to inspire all writers.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014

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