It overlooks a railroad track and several mostly-empty apartment buildings whose remodeling projects got abandoned in recent years when the architects ran out of money. There’s a vodka distillery in the parking lot and an honest-to-goodness cobbler off the loading dock.
Yet it amazes me how much this place has influenced my writing!
Here’s what I mean:
- I used the style of the old original exposed brick walls as inspiration for a museum in a Clive Cussler-esque adventure novel I have swirling around in my brain.
- The railroad tracks, loading trains and occasional train-hopper I see out our back door became the almost sole inspiration for an awesome steampunk I’m working on.
- The exterior building façade influenced the architecture for another historical steampunk idea.
- I even used a line in one of my pieces about the constant smell of Pine Sol in the stairwells.
- Someday, I’m going to stop by the cobbler’s and ask him to make me a pair of leather boots like one of my characters wears.
It’s funny how the most mundane things can shape our stories. What about you? Does your workplace find its way into your writing?