Writing Inspiration

I love, love, love Melbourne in Springtime.

The sun is shining and, for me, at the end of this long winter, it’s like Mother Nature has turned on the lights and upped the colour.

The different seasons bring me different joys. First sign of winter and rain runnelling down my windows, I clap my hands gleeful at the thought of lots of inside computer time and productive, cosy writing sessions. First breath of spring, and I’m excitedly reaching for my notebook and pen, and the joys of scrawling longhand in the garden sunshine. Outside, buoyed by the birdsong and their many varied chorus in my neighbourhood, I tend to go off on tangents. Sometimes the reward is discovering the fantastical – taking me off into corners or expanses I might not ordinarily go.

I love both writing longhand and directly onto my computer. Just on days like today, I know where I prefer to be.

All of a sudden, I’m aware Mother Nature has been very busy while I’ve been clinging close to the central heating. The cherry blossom is in full bloom, the roses are leafing up, the hydrangea, I feared lost weeks ago to soggy feet and frost, is a mass of new foliage. Soon the native pigeon mother will return to build her yearly nest beside our pergola.

Who could help but be inspired?

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Hi Chris,
This is a great post! You’ve definitely inspired me to go outside tomorrow and find a nice place to sit in the sun, smell the hydrangeas, and feed my creative mind with some fresh air.

Thanks for the reminder to enjoy mother nature more often 🙂

September 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm
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Corinne Fenton

Yes, Chris, I couldn’t agree more. In fact I’m thinking of creating a cubby house in the garden somewhere – a place to hide and write.

September 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm


Hello, Chris, I’ve just discovered your blog and I’m browsing through your past entries.
As a fellow Melbournian, I’ll second what you say about Melb in the Springtime. And for those who don’t like it…just wait a few hours, and you’ll get some winter. Or summer. Whatever.

September 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm
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    Hi Jo-ann,

    Lovely to meet you here. Hope you’ll keep coming back.

    Your comment made me smile, it’s so true. I wonder how many other cities can claim to experience all four seasons in one day – frequently. I don’t think anywhere could beat Melbourne in the Springtime, but then I’m tremendously biased. Wintertime, a whole other story. 🙂


    September 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm
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Dee White

You paint a beautiful word picture of Melbourne, Chris:)

September 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm
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Sheryl Gwyther

Lovely post, Chris – and even here in Brisbane, we see the changes of spring. Prolific weeds , swooping magpies and butcher birds, grass needs mowing, shorts and shirts pulled out of cupboards or at the bottom of the ironing pile. Ah, yes, spring is upon us! Love it! (Except summer humidity is not a joy to look forward to.)

September 28, 2011 at 10:21 am
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Karen Tyrrell

Hi Chris,
Love your photos and this post.
I too love mother nature and I’m inspired by rainforests in particular.
Most Sundays my Hubby and I head off for a bush walk, invigorating and refreshing me for my writing week 🙂

September 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm
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    Thanks, Karen.

    Bush walking sounds a great inspiration too. My problem is I always want to stop, sit on a log, and listen.

    Still Spring has sprung, and it’s time for me to drag out my walking shoes and get fitter. I so agree knowing that when I do, I come home invigorated and ready for the day. Thanks for the reminder.


    September 30, 2011 at 8:22 am

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