Writing inspiration in the mountains

Abruzzo, ItalyAlthough I live in Rome, I love to escape when I can to the nearby mountains of Abruzzo.

I have a small place in a little town up in the Apennine mountains, and I enjoy going out there to escape the chaos of Rome – to hike and mountain bike and ski.

I was out there recently for the New Year and enjoyed some wonderful days of skiing (not a given until the last minute, when Abruzzo finally got enough snow).

But I also find it a peaceful place to write.

When I’m there, I always manage to carve out time for my writing, after a day of hiking or skiing, and I’m always impressed by how much progress I tend to make when I’m there.

Maybe it’s the fresh mountain air, or days spent exhausted by physical activity, or the view from my window of the mountans when I sit down to write. Whatever the magical combination, I always find my Abruzzo visits productive on the writing front.

And you, writers? Do you have a magical place where your writing muse grabs hold of you? Do you find you’re always more productive in one specific place?

Happy and productive writing, wherever you are!


  1. Catherine on January 16, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Although I head up to our tiny place in the Dolomites with every intention of writing, I end up skiing then going out to the enoteca. Or sleeping in and looking out the window and reading entire books.
    The good news is that I have written several stories now that are set in the mountains. I find the atmosphere and history and the hardship and people very inspiring. Plus weird things happen up there!

    • kimberlysullivan on January 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      Ah, but the nightlife is too tempting up north where you are. Abruzzo is decidedly more sleepy apres-ski. Looking forward to your mountain-themed stories! Brava!

  2. evelyneholingue on February 12, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Maybe because you don’t live in Abruzzo you are more relaxed there and thus your creative juices flow more freely. I used to feel that way with Maine. Now I try to force myself to write anywhere, although I will always favor quiet places. Your mountain haven sounds wonderful!

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