When I’m not at University I live in a little nook on the edge of Cornwall that goes by the name of Penzance. But it is because Cornwall is so caved away from the rest of the country (it feels) that it can become a perfect place to escape the hustle of the world and delve into imaginative ideas. I strongly believe the sea is an idea revonator and that the smell of seaweed is a calm presence that evokes daydreams and inspiration.
You may believe that Cornwall is a little space that seems out of the loop, but it is exactly this, to me, that inspires fantasy ideas — with islands, caves, and beautiful landscapes being the perfect way to inspire new worlds.
It’s not only landscape that makes Cornwall ignite ideas of new worlds, stories about mermaids and pirates, but it is also the feel of the place. It is very creative, with its little towns filled with more independent shops than chains.
But also, every July, Penzance holds a Literary Festival, where local writers share their wisdom and thoughts about writing, themes, and all things bookish with all events being rather cheap. The creative scene here is brilliant, with many outdoor theatre locations and art galleries that also inspire me to want to write.
If you have the money, and are looking for a place to visit to calm down and discover a new story, I really recommend a trip to Cornwall. Every town seems like it is bursting with stories. It’s no wonder it inspired the writing of Daphne du Maurier and Virginia Woolf. Just overlooking the St Michaels Mount, a castle on a hill in the middle of the ocean, makes me dream up ideas of hidden monsters and looming ghosts.