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Writing transports us to new worlds

Whenever I feel sad, a memory of happier times lifts my spirits. I love it when social media channels pop up occasionally with reminders of moments I’ve enjoyed in the past.

Today, is the anniversary of a trip my partner and I took to Crete and, of course, the memory popped up on Facebook. There we were, standing together in front of Koules Fortress, an impressive structure that surrounds the harbour of Heraklion. We felt relaxed, happy, carefree, holding our home-made, Cretan ice creams up to the camera.

Travel opens our eyes and can allow us to see the world from unique perspectives. It can spark fresh ideas and allow the imagination to explore new territory.

Today, the idea of travel seems far away. It’s a small sacrifice, however, given the importance of keeping everyone safe right now.

But writing allows us to continue travelling from the safety of where we are. It transports us to new places and imaginary worlds, a gift that may eventually be shared with readers.

The novel I’m currently editing has me spending imaginary time in locations across Europe. I find myself jumping around the chapters just to spend more time in my favourite places while I fiddle with words.

We’d love to hear about the worlds you’re creating (or reading) over in our writing group here. What inspired you to pick them and how are you bringing them to life?

Let’s transport each other to some wonderful locations!

About Loretta Milan

Founder and Commissioning Editor of Lightbox Originals. On a mission to get the world writing and finding wellbeing through words. Loves books, tea, travel and art.

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