15 January 2013 – The Story Ignites

The Emerging Writer, writing, ideas

Loch Garra

15th January 2013 – Yes!  There is a story here, in this rich and intriguing history.  I did not see it at the museum yesterday, behind the glass cabinets and in the displays.  The story is out here, in this isolated old cottage, in the ruins of a burn out industry, hours away from anywhere.  While walking through around the garden, it felt like there was a such an overwhelming sense of place and people.

The story came to me so quickly, walking on this beach.  I saw a couple running from their parents plans, a young girl living in the burnt out ruins of her grandparents mistakes.   I could see fragments of people loving and hating this land and the dangerous life of whaling.  I could see reluctant whalers taken to sea by their excited and passionate fathers.

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Kiah River

I could see the possibility of a thousand stories.

I don’t want to re tell the story of the family that lived there.  I started reading about the Davidson’s and their whaling empire on the plaques around the cottage but I do not have the talent or the desire to recount a period of NSW history.  Descendants of the Davidson family still live in the area – in fact I might have gone to school with one of them.  The facts will stifle the sensation of my tale and prevent any possibility of the fantastical

I want to tell an alternate past, and altered history – that might have been possible if things were different and magical was more tangible.

Researching

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Local factory workers

14th January 2013 – During our stay on the far south coast, one of the things I really wanted to do was go to the Whaling Museum.  There are a lot of ideas moving round and round in my head, and I have a great sense of place and country, by no direction with the characters are story.  I have fallen in love with the nature of the novel, but I am wondering if there is even a story there to tell.

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More Whales

I have been doing a lot of research online, this is the first time I have gone somewhere myself and really sort out research for the novel.  I am carrying my laptop again – but I must confess I don’t have the strength to tell the lady I am here researching my first novel.

$18 for my Annual Pass and my name is written in a special members book.  At the door as I leave, with my camera full of pictures and notes, I find maps and pamphlets and information about local historic sites.

I feel like a writer today, and it has given me the encouragement I need to drive the 3 hours to the Davidson Whaling Station – Tomorrow.

Writing from your bed room

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My First Work Space

I still don’t have anywhere to write.  This is me working from my bed, in my room in a share house in Sydney.  Ps, my rent is like, expensive.

So, say I was going to do this…Hypothetically.  I was really truly going to be a writer – just humour me for a second.  I guess I would want to write a book about where I am from.  I grew up in one of the most magical places on earth, but when I was a teenager, I missed it all.  The fantastic natural wonder of the place was lost on me.  Now I am starting to realise just how special it was.  All my ideas keep coming back to the bush brushing up against the sea.  In Merimbula trees and grass grow straight out of the sand, and then the mountains rise quickly behind them.

I have been doing a little research online and found some great news articles and photos and stories…  Making me want to go down for a few days and check the place out.

Might plan a trip home – Hmmm still have no money…Can go see Mum anyway while I’m down?  Could get Mum to pay for my trip???  I will call her.