Where in the World Should I Write My Novel?
A new question has been aching through my mind lately. As I’m desperately trying to escape the four walls that I call home, I see opportunities to leave everywhere. I have created an epic bucket list of things I want to do before I’m even going to consider settling down. One of the items on this list is; Write a novel.
My newly rejuvenated love for the written story comes from some additions in my book collection. God Hates Us All and The Rum Diary being the most inspirational to me. And they have started this question I’m keeping in my head. Can I take off three months to live somewhere in the world and write my novel? And the most important one:
Where in the world should I write my novel?
I’ve been thinking of lots of places, new and old. I want to be inspired by a city, I want to be inspired by the people who live in it. From what cities come the biggest stories? I’m actually turning to you readers to ask your opinion. What is, according to you, the best place in the world to write a book? I’ve been thinking of the following, but the world is big and I might have missed a place.
Rotterdam – My Hometown
The most logical thing to do is write a story from the place I’ve known very well for years. Even though I’m least attracted by the proposal to write a story here since I like the idea of being on the road while writing, I could give it a shot. The city lets itself be described in a really attractive way, each building is extremely different. Despite that some claim ghettos exist, they don’t. But that doesn’t mean growing up in these ‘alleged ghettos’ can’t be hard. Also the people who live in the city have something over themselves I really cannot describe. That makes it interesting to delve into.
New York – Writer’s Dream
New York is by far my favorite choice! Why? Because the city inspires. It’s the concrete jungle where dreams are made of! Anything in New York is worthy of a novel of its own. Every building has it’s own story and so does every person. You either make it or don’t make it in this city and the process holds open endings, premises and character developments for everyone. Ask any New Yorker their life story and no Woody Allen film will top it.
Paris – Romance & Nostalgia
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Speaking of Woody Allen, have you seen Midnight in Paris? I can truly find myself, as a writer, in the life of Owen Wilson’s character. Nostalgia does it for me too and I can imagine setting of the old and new Paris in a novel. Writing about this city makes many romantic stories just come up in my head. There’s nothing like walking along the Seine for continuous inspiration!
Kuala Lumpur – Food for the Soul
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The New York of the East. Inspirational buildings and stories everywhere, Kuala Lumpur is a crossroads on the world map. It’s a gateway for world travelers, expats and fortune seekers. Kuala Lumpur’s multicultural vibes are more inspirational than any other city in the world. There are endless possibilities here and I can imagine myself already being inspired by the loud noises, crowded streets and smelly environment (like I said, New York of the East). But most of all I love to be inspired by its kindness, hospitality and multicultural cuisine.
These are just a few cities. Why not a beach? Perhaps, although I’m the type that loves cities and is inspired by them. Noises, traffic, buildings and people. Cities are intersections of the world where stories emerge. Beaches are where they end, so who knows, maybe someday. If you do think a beach is better let me know! Also, I can’t wait to hear about what places you would go to for writing. What am I missing in this list?