Writing a blog or an article may be a relatively simple and quick task for many, particularly for those who are tuned into the digital world. But, when you shift gears and get into some serious kind of writing like famous authors, it is the inspiration that forms the pivot of some of those best seller titles, whether in the world of fiction or nonfiction. Printed books have perhaps lost some of its sheen, thanks to the proliferation of the digital media and handheld devices. But, devout writers have not given up on writing, and we continue to see some wonderful books on the stands.
Nature has, for long, played an important role in inspiring writers and even poets. ‘Glory of the Garden’ by Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw and Sir Walter Scott are among the other famous writers whose love for nature has given birth to some of their best creations.
Nature has its own unique way of communicating with human minds, and gardens present an even more vivid environment with multiple colours, some chirping birds perhaps, the honeybees humming their own music, the odd flies, and a host of other trivia have their own unique and silent messages for the mankind.
I admit, If I wouldn’t have got professional garden maintenance services, I definitely wouldn’t have found my very own natures lap to give wings to my thoughts, my creativity, my sense of wonder and pen it down on the piece of paper. A writer is a person gifted with the unique ability to absorb the essence from these silent messages and converting them into meaningful and sensible prose or poetry. Even an ordinary human can draw from this mystic power of nature when he is in solitude in the thick of a garden or alone on a silvery beach. The roar of the ocean, the rise and fall of the waves, all have their own stories. The ability to decipher those stories is limited to only a select group of minds. They are known as gifted writers.
That most writers of varying description draw solace and inspiration from their gardens may be a truism. One thing for sure is that they take to their gardens for protection from the world outside as well as its demands. Given that writing is a solitary business, external influences ought to remain uplifting and subtle and not distracting and noisy. In modern times, there are many works that exemplify the role and importance of gardens in a writer’s life.
Why do writers need inspiration?
The answer is simple. Inspiration transforms creative readers into creative writers. Some of the immortalised creations in the history of writing have stemmed from momentary inspirations.
Why are gardens important to writers?
Having explained what inspiration is, and what role nature plays in inspiring authors, I must now narrate my own recent experience with my very own home garden and my profession as a writer. When I say ‘writer’, I do not belong to the family of ‘writers’ who manage to scrape and assemble some words from multiple pages to describe the end product as their ‘writing’. I write pure fiction and from concept to print; every alphabet comes from my pen alone. Unfortunately, this line must be drawn because the title ‘writer’ is a grossly misinterpreted word in today’s world.
I moved recently from Perth to Sydney
It was at the beginning of last New Year that I decided to relocate to Sydney from Perth. The decision was influenced by my wife finding a new job in Sydney and our agreeing that Sydney was a better place to live and work. Thankfully, all the initial jerks associated with relocation were sorted out without many hassles and I would say that we had a relatively smooth transition. Our new home was pre-arranged, and things started falling into place quickly. Our kids started attending school, and my wife’s employers had arranged her transport to and from work. As a writer by profession, I was a home bird and my favourite spot was the garden.
As I said earlier, my garden in Perth was my home as far as my writing went. I have always adored nature and the calm, serene settings my garden presented. Now, in our Sydney home things were different. Indeed the house we bought was lavish by any standard and garden space was never a problem. There was also enough green all around, but none of them could even come up close to being described as a garden. Naturally, I was somewhat rattled for the whole day. Add to it; I am not a great fan of the DIY stuff nor am I comfortable with all the gardening tools. My lifestyle is more on a cosy couch allowing multiple components of my brain to do overtime work.
I must have a good enough garden sooner than later
Mowing lawn and gardening is not exactly my cup of tea although I love nature and rely hugely on Her for my inspiration. I need a mind that works at twice the speed of normal humans, process those flashes of thoughts and assimilate them into a presentable chain of words so that I can allow my brain to take a breather while I get back to my laptop and scribble away all the good work done by my brain so far. So, the next best thing I could do was find a professional gardening service and task them with my needs.
My wife snatches the initiative from me
After fumbling through the internet, I was not very sure that I found the right agency to work with. That night I broached the topic with my wife. She was also relatively new at her desk but was a more social animal than I am. After listening to me for a full thirty minutes, she heaved a sigh of relief and said that my problem would be resolved that weekend. Later, it turned out that one of her new colleagues owned a family business that was a perfect fit for my needs. Our new friend arrived the following Saturday with another member of her family, who was in-charge of the business. The digital world had already helped us with some broad idea of how much I should expect to cough up for the services. Thankfully, the quote we received was a tad lower than what we had expected. In less than two weeks, my garden was 90% closer to my expectations.