I am writing in the garden…

This is my garden last summer with lots of beautiful dahlias. My garden looks very different every year!

I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden. Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett, playright and author of romance novels but best known for her children’s books including The Secret Garden, A Little Princess and Little Lord Fauntleroy, reminds writers that we need to immerse ourselves in setting to write setting well. The passage in the Secret Garden where Mary discovers the beauty of the garden is well etched into my mind because of Mrs. Burnett’s skill as an author. That part of the novel is true she really did discover a secret garden. How do you integrate setting into your manuscript or stories to move the plot forward?

Today read Creating The Perfect Setting and make your own list of what a perfect setting is for you.Now get back to work!

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3 Replies to “I am writing in the garden…”

  1. Don’t ever tell anyone this, but when I was younger I loved “The Secret Garden”! It always made me feeel that there was more out there as long as I keep my eyes open. I’m not sure who said it first, but “A book is like a garden in the pocket.” And I believe that because in a sense books have their own healing nature, just as a garden does. “The Secret Garden” I personally think had to deal with her son’s death of tuberculosis, I think it enabled her to write with such emotion that it makes any story of hers touching.Her sons never really had a chance at having a mother, just as the girl like who found the garden was neglected. I believe her writings were spiritual to her as if she was meeting her son again. She created a wonderful life and healing for him, even if he never had the chance. What a wonderful woman and person to write about in your blog.

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