Researching the graveyard scene

There is a scene in Ignoring Gravity that I kept putting off writing: the one where Rose searches a graveyard for her birth parents. I simply didn’t know where to start. Rose doesn’t know what she’s looking for, perhaps that was why I struggled with how to write it. So I did what I always do when I’m at a loss, I go researching.graveyard One grey day in March I went to a local church and wandered around with my camera, soaking up the atmosphere. It was a quiet, still day and I was totally alone. These are the photographs I took. graveyard In the end they helped me with the mood of the piece, rather than giving me concrete descriptions. But the visit served as the trigger which helped me write the scene. It taught me that when I’m intimidated by a particular scene, it helps to find a location and soak up the atmosphere. graveyard graveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardgraveyardPlease use these photographs to inspire your own writing, they worked for me.
If you are searching for relatives, read these articles about searching the Deceased Online database, and identifying headstones.

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  1. I love these photos! Old graveyards are somewhat of a fascination for me. I always visit them when I take vacations to historical towns/places. Except, don’t put me in a graveyard at night. Because I’m the biggest scaredy-cat I know.

  2. The outdoor research or the on-site inspection is still underrated. To see, feel, and smell is important for writing convincing scenes. Your senses took in the impressions and inspired you to write the scene. Very well done. 🙂