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Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

By Stephsscribe @stephverni
Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

The dining room of the Edgewood Manor House in Providence, RI. This is sort of what I picture the dining room in Inn Signficiant would look like. No rug, though. Just hardwoods. But I love the windows and the chandelier. There are lots of chandeliers hanging from ceilings in Inn Significant. Wonder why?

The students in both sections of my Magazine Writing classes can tell attest to what we worked on this week: (1) writing description and detail, (2) storytelling, and (3) finding your voice in your writing. I think about these three things constantly when I write, and as you read in my previous post about being inspired by actual places, the same is true when writing description—you have to “see” in your own imagination what things look like in order to relay them properly to your readers.

I work hard at this every time I write something. I never want readers to feel as if they cannot imagine the setting themselves. It’s our responsibility as writers to leave little gray area where that is concerned.

Writers have different techniques when crafting a story, and we all go about putting it to paper in various ways. When I sit down to write, I have to be fully inspired. Sometimes that means taking copious notes; it may mean being inspired by nature; it may involve conversations I’ve had with folks; and still other times, it may involve the photographs I have taken or have researched online.

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

This is the Sandaway Inn in Oxford, MD. Its property is beautiful and inspired the setting of Inn Significant.

Inn Significant takes place in lovely Oxford, Maryland. The Inn is perched upon the Tred Avon River, much the same way a real Inn is there (the Sandaway Inn); however, I took the liberty to create an Inn through what I imagined in my head, including the cottages on site where the main character lives. I used lots of photographs from research, and what follows are some of the images that inn-spired Inn Significant. 🙂 (Yes, I know I spelled inspired incorrectly there.)

If you choose to read the novel, I’ll be interested to see if what inspired me and what I wrote was similar to what you pictured in your imagination.

There’s no telling–what your imagination conjures up may be even better than what I had in my mind.

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

This is sort of what I picture Milly and John’s cottages to look like on the grounds of Inn Significant. It’s not exact, but it’s pretty darn close. I imagine there would be more hydrangeas, lavender, and roses brightening up the landscape along with a stone walkway. Maybe even a pink bike with a basket parked out front.

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

There is no doubt in my head that Inn Significant’s library would look like this. OMG. Gorgeous. Sorry, but once again, I have to point out the chandelier. And the books. Oh…the books.

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that Inn Significant’s foyer would look something like this.

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

This might be what one of the guest rooms looks like. I described the sheer curtains and chandeliers in every room.

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

The place where the muffin-making takes place…and where Colette does her thing. I picture it looking similar to this.

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

The outdoor celebration probably looked similar to this. I just love the idea of dining al fresco at an Inn on a river, don’t you?

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

My husband and I stayed at the Carneros Resort in Napa Valley last April. I picture Milly and John’s cottages having a patio like this. Being in Napa truly inspired what the cottages in the novel looked like.

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

This is Two Meeting House Inn in Charleston, SC. In my head, the exterior of the Inn looks like a combination of this and the two to follow.

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

This is the White Doe Inn in North Carolina. This one inspired me too. Love the flowers and white picket fence. And the bike.

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description

This is the White Hart in Connecticut. You might say this one is inspirational, as well. Gorgeous.

I hope you enjoy Inn Significant, and as well, this little photo-essay of the places that inn-spired my writing.

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Have a good weekend, everybody!

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Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description
Stephanie Verni is Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University and is the author of Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt.

Inn-spiration in Inn Significant | Photo Inspiration When Writing Description
Stephanie Verni is Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University and is the author of Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt.


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