Beth Camp Historical Fiction

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

IWSG: September: A Place to Write

Each month, the Insecure Writer's Support Group posts a question for writers to ponder and write about. September's question: If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?

We all remember Humphrey Bogart's, "We'll always have Paris." I would revise that to, "We'll always have Merida."

In February 2018, we spent a month in Merida, Mexico. We rented a house close to the centro. We could walk to our favorite restaurants and open air markets.

House of Frida Restaurant, Merida

The Big Whopper, Merida Style
 Friends came to visit us, and we took day trips to Celestun, Kabah, Uxmal, and Chichen Itzah.
The Nunnery, Chichen Itzah

Great Blue Heron, Celestun
But the mornings began with writing -- whether by the small dipping pool or in the hammock on the rooftop patio.

And for that month, I could drop by Merida's English Library, where a small group of dedicated writers met to critique their work.

Patio Sculpture, Merida English Library
Or we could wander in local museums.

Mermaid Tree of Life, Merida Museum of Popular Art

Facsimile of Mayan Codice, Maya World Museum
Truly, I could travel anywhere in the world and find a place to write. Some places we've lived -- Mexico, Turkey, and France -- still resonate with memories of walks we've taken, history and culture we've discovered, interesting conversations with people we met along the way, and always, time for writing.

May you find your own place that inspires you to write!

Thank you to these hard-working hosts for IWSG's September 4 post: Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantine!


  1. What gorgeous snapshots! Looks like you've a great summer, Beth.

  2. What beautiful pictures. It sounds wonderful. Happy IWSG! Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

  3. Those are great pictures! It sounds and looks like a great writing atmosphere!

  4. Sounds absolutely perfect! Low-key, non-stressful, walking and exploring. And you’ll always have it!