*Pont de l'Archevêché and Notre Dame, Paris France, April 2014. Photo by Kiki Hamilton
Inspiration comes in many forms, from many places and often when least expected. As a writer, lots of things can spark that creative impulse to craft a story - a picture, a thought, a question, a piece of history.
I think I may have heard of 'The Lock Bridge' first in ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins - one of mine and my daughter's favorite YA contemp stories. It is a bridge in Paris, where lovers go, and as a symbol of their unbreakable love, they put a lock on the bridge and throw away the key in the Seine River. How romantic is that??
Anyway, I knew when we went to Paris, we would need to go see the bridge for ourselves.
Let me tell you - pictures do not do it justice! The locks (which the City of Paris is now cutting off because they are so heavy they were concerned they would cause the bridge to fail) are ten and twelve deep the entire length of the bridge and on both sides! It’s incredible!! There are locks on top of locks on top of locks - which speaks to our universal desire - wouldn't we all wish to have never-ending love?
But it also speaks of our unfailing ability to hope. Pont de l'Archevêché is inspiring in many ways and then to have the grace and beautiful of Notre-Dame Cathedral as a backdrop – Wow!
As I sit down on this Sunday to write, I feel inspired and hopeful. What is some of your inspiration? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!