Celluloid Diaries: Writing in La Redorte (France)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Writing in La Redorte (France)

Over the past week, Gilles and I called La Redorte our home. This sleepy town in the southern Minervois region of France is situated near the Canal du Midi. We stayed in La Batisse, an 18th century winery restored to a luxury holiday apartment with courtyard, swimming pool, sauna and restaurant. The trip offered the perfect opportunity to mentally catch up on my new novel. I love writing in new places. The novelty clears my thoughts. So whenever I am blocked with my writing, I seek out new destinations. In La Redorte, I worked before breakfast when the world was still asleep. The rest of the day we meandered off to surrounding cities and geological sites until it was time to return and rest.

La Redorte La Batisse

Having just started a new novel, I couldn't help but keep story and characters in the back of my head for the duration of the trip. A one-day visit to the Spanish village of Cadaqués, right across the border, influenced the setting, events and characters in the book.

Cadaqués

The best place to jot down new ideas was near the gorge of the river Verdouble, hidden away in the Corbières mountain range. Here, the clear turquoise water flows through a series of waterfalls, pools and small natural lakes hollowed out by a rock.

Corbières mountain range
Gorge of the river verdouble
river Verdouble

Meanwhile, life has returned back to normal, to writing in bed with my cat. The weather is a lot cooler here in Belgium than it was in the South of France and I've already switched on the heater. I can't wait to see what the new novel will finally turn into.

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  2. This looks absolutely amazing, and writing in bed with your cat sounds lovely. xx - Monica

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  48. What or where do you turn to when you're stuck for ideas? Can you imagine yourself writing in France?

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  53. I have only been to Cannes and Toulon/Cassis, and I wasn't really that inspired. Now Italy, that is an inspiring country, and I cannot wait to go back and do some writing.

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  74. The pictures are great! It would be so much fun to visit France, my husband's sister is on vacation there right now. I like the writing in bed with you cats, I am hanging out in bed with my daughter and cat napping next to me. If only I could nap during the day too.

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