New Stories Stem from Old Stories #IWSG #amwriting

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]

This month’s awesome Co-Hosts feature fabulous writing friends Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantine!

Check out our IWSG homepage for recent news and events.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂 


Ever since high school, I swore I’d visit the Island of Crete before I died. I’m not sure if it’s the creativity in the birth of so many famous Greek Gods, or the mystery behind it’s destruction at one time, or even the beautiful turquoise waters splashing up against the rocks that entrance me, but I feel a giant tug to visit. I can only imagine the stories I’d craft, stemming from an older, historical world.

This month’s IWSG question asks: “If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?”

In the trip inside my head, I’d chat with the locals wandering freely through the streets, listening, people watching, even sketching the sights that come to mind. I’d love to listen to the music, study the art, and walk across the famous locations of so much history. Plus, I studied architecture at one time. Art history, too. It’s like a textbook come to life mixed with little bits of imagination.

How about you? Where are you most creative? Do you envision yourself someplace else to write a book?

I’ll leave you with a Shel Silverstein poem:

“If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin. 
Come in!
Come in!” 
― Shel Silverstein

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on September 4, 2019, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Although my answer to my best writing place would be a castle, any place that has a long and interesting history would be great. I can imagine all the wonderful stories that must fill a location as old as Crete. It would probably be too hot for me in the summer, though. 🙂

  2. Shel Silverstein is the best! Greece would be an incredible place to write in. Loving seeing everyone’s answers to this month’s question. Kind of giving me an itch to go traveling 🙂

  3. A textbook come to life – great analogy. You really need to plan a visit.

  4. Total immersion would produce some really great stories.

  5. Oh, my the Island of Crete would be wonderful. The Greeks have a saying when someone dies that it’s not whether the person had a “good life,” but rather did he (or she) “live his life passionately.” I love that phrase.

  6. I didn’t think of that–where I’d like to visit that would inspire writing. I like your post, Erika!

  7. Your writing place is alive and well in you already. I can’t help but love it. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  8. I love this post! I love how vivid you’ve imagined it, and your plans to talk to everyone and take in the whole place, the atmosphere, the history, and everything. I just love that you have such a clear vision! And Shel Silverstein rocks. 🙂

  9. I’ve never been to Crete, but I have been to Athens. These ancient places offer so much inspiration!

  10. Elizabeth Seckman

    Sounds like the perfect place. I love historical places. They are most certainly inspiring.

  11. I love that John Lennon quote. Sounds like you have a great place to visit and to be inspired in your writing.

  12. Greece is on my bucket list as well. Just to roam the streets and stop at a cafe for coffee. I could get into it 😉 Love the poem!

  13. Sounds so lovely and very inspiring. I hope you get to visit Crete. I have never been there but this year I was lucky enough to visit another small Greek island called Meganissi. It was very peaceful and friendly and I managed to do quite a bit of editing whilst there. Best wishes and thanks for visiting my blog today 🙂

  14. Greece is definitely a place filled with inspiration.
    A place for unlocking creativity… and it sounds like you already have a great plan to do so.
    Happy IWSG Day!
    Writer In Transit

  15. I’ve been reading around and finding it interesting the places people pick. Crete would be a nice place… I haven’t done IWSG, but if I did, I’d pick the Faroe Islands.

  16. Rosemary Reader and Writer

    But would you get around to any writing on Crete?

  17. You definitely should go there, but make sure you have enough time since I’m betting you wouldn’t get much writing done at first.
    Shel Silverstein has always been one of my favorites. Wise man.

  18. Sounds like a plan!!! Writing and discovering new lands.

  19. Love love love Shel Silverstein! And the Greek Gods? The seed of every story ever written! Go for it!

  20. Sounds like a cool place to visit in general, but writing there would really be something special. Hope you make it there one day.

  21. Sounds like an inspiring place to go! Going to have to add it to my list of places to visit one of these days.

  22. Great poem! Thank you.
    I’d love to visit Crete one day too, although I’m not sure I’d be able to write there. I’d be too busy looking and listening and tasting to waste time for writing. Afterwards, though, when I’m back home…

  23. I have always wanted to visit Greece too since I was in high school. Me and a friend planned a graduation trip but never went she got married, lol. Happy IWSG! Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

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