Nature: A Forgotten Friend of the Writer

Colorful autumn in Iceland. This is my beautiful country. If you ever want to see amazing nature then visit Iceland. -saedis Photo by Alexandre Deschaumes:

There are many, many things that can be an inspiration to a writer or an author. And I am sure there are as many things out there that can inspire as there are people who write!

But I have often thought that nature and the physical world around us is a source of forgotten inspiration.

Faroe Islands:

So often, we as authors and writers, find ourselves holed up inside hunched over our computers, laptops, pads, papers, pens and pencils. We don’t get outside much into the natural world.

Yet, I think that taking a break from our imaginary worlds to enjoy the real one we live in can give us a new perspective on our writing. Taking a hike or just a walk around the block and really taking the time to look at the nature around us can help us understand how to fill our writing with those perhaps insignificant bits that bring a story to life. Describing the fury of a rainstorm, the glory of a sunrise, the ghostliness of a foggy morning, the rough bark of the tree you just climbed barefoot, the splash of a fish in a pond, the silence of the forest, or the sound of the birds in the spring is so much easier if you have experienced those things first hand.

The Hamilton Pool, Austin, Texas, USA:

I am not saying you have to be a poet and imbibe your writing with lengthy discourses about scenery! But it is nice to be able to make your world real to yourself and others by adding those special details.

When was the last time you looked at the rain on a flower petal or tried to really put your finger on the smell of fresh cut grass? Have you ever thought about taking your writing outside so you can breath the fresh air as you scribble or type along? If you have a hammock, use it. Laying on a hammock and looking at the leaves overhead has been when I got some of my best writing ideas!

Stouhead House Lake, Wiltshire, England


Nature is a friend and a gift and can really teach us a thing or two if we are willing to stop and listen.


6 thoughts on “Nature: A Forgotten Friend of the Writer

  1. I couldn’t agree more with this post. (And weirdly enough, my most recent post at DIY MFA was on “man and the natural world” as a literary theme.) Nature is our greatest treasure, and something we too often take for granted. I’m not an outdoorsy person, but I’ve always enjoyed taking walks outside in nice weather or in peaceful settings like the beach. And nature plays a big role in my novel, especially since the protagonist’s race practices a nature-centric religion, and the MC herself goes off on a quest (and nature / weather / wildlife always has an impact on long-distance travel).

    I’m not sure if you read much poetry, but have you read any of Mary Oliver’s work? Most of her poems focus on nature, and they capture both the grand and the seemingly small or insignificant with a sense of delight, gratitude, and perspective.

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    1. Glad you liked the post, Sara! Yes, nature is one of our greatest treasures! That’s neat that nature plays a big role in your novel. It sounds very interesting! In my finished rough draft novel, I know I am going to have to cut out a lot of scenery/nature scenes as I love writing about the natural world and how it feels to be out in it. πŸ™‚

      I don’t read a lot of poetry though I do have some favorite poets. I will have to check out Mary Oliver and her works. Thanks for recommending!

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