Writing inspirations – they that go down to the sea in ships

There are an awful lot of small boats in New Zealand. I suppose it’s predictable, when you think about the size of the coastline.

Boat harbour, Oriental Bay, Wellington.
Boat harbour, Oriental Bay, Wellington.

I photographed these in the harbour at Oriental Bay, Wellington. And as always there is inspiration there. Who owns these boats? Where have they travelled? What plans, what dreams, do those who sail in them have? Fertile ground for speculation – and for writers.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

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2 thoughts on “Writing inspirations – they that go down to the sea in ships

  1. Inspiration is a very interesting subject. Sometimes it helps to ask questions about things you are observing—the kind of questions about the boats that you mention. I would call this an “intentional” sort of inspiration, which is done on purpose with a conscious intent. There is another type of inspiration I would call “receptive,” in which something strikes you unexpectedly. I don’t mean some grandiose “message from God” kind of thing, I mean an odd, almost ineffable feeling or perception that might suddenly come upon you. Then the trick is to recognize it and to go further into it.

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