So, just one of those weird ideas I have when I’m washing dishes…
Ever feel like different stories have a particular feel about them? Changing books you’re reading or writing almost feels like walking into a different room or house, just with the change in atmosphere.
With that in mind, I did a little writing exercise the other day and wrote my stories as rooms.
And hey, while we’re at it, why don’t we make it a tag?
The Book-Room Challenge
- Write 3 of your own books as rooms. They can be finished, works in progress, or even just ideas, but they have to be your own.
- Write 1 of your favorite books to read as a room.
- Tag 5 other people.
So, yeah. Do what you want.
But here’s mine:
A tack room in a barn with only a couple, old saddles. Lots of fading horse pictures taped to the walls and a few ribbons. Smells horsey, warm and like leather. A wooden chair or stool is in the corner with some worn, dime-novel, indian stories stacked next to it. Feels homey, but wistful.
A family living room with a bunch of mismatched furniture, from a professional looking, black leather chair to a soft, fun-colored couch. The walls are all painted different colors and funny, inspirational posters and pictures of friends and family laughing together hang on them.
Multicolored twinkle lights strung around the edge of the room. A little TV in the corner with an old video game system hooked up to it. Board games on the table. Converse shoes by the door. Cork floor, stained with different splotches of soda, ice cream and dog footprints. Smells like pizza cheese, cookies and happy memories.
A sort of man cave/lodge room in a log cabin. A couple of beat-up wooden chairs, a leather couch and an old trunk for a coffee table set in the middle. Dirt stains on the floor and a few shoe-prints. Exposed beams on the ceiling and a fireplace at the end of the room.
Smells like pine, rain, steak and wood smoke. A dartboard is on the wall with lots of little dent-marks around it and a pool table sits in the corner. Posters are mostly for action movies or have some snarky comment on them. No ceiling lights, only old lamps that give the room a kind of cozy, yellow light in the dark.
A favorite book to read:
A Shilling for Candles, by Josephine Tey
A high-ceilinged sitting area with one of the walls almost completely taken up by a large window. A soft, jewel-toned rug covers the dark wood floor. Two leather chairs and a grand, red couch are the furniture along with a small crate for a coffee table. A fire is in the fireplace and rain patters gently against the window. The view to outside is a small stretch of grass with a big oak tree, then the ground drops away to the ocean.
A vanilla candle burns on the crate. A rain-spattered trench coat hangs on a hook by the half-opened dutch door. The lighting is grey from outside and a warm orange glow from the fireplace shines onto the rug.
Smells like vanilla, home cooked bread, slight must, wet grass and the ocean.
The Book-Room Challenged:
Victoria Nightsky (because you’ll just have way too much fun with this)
C.B. Cook (okay I know you have a ton of stuff already. Just if you want to, okay? 😛 )
and (see, I’m breaking the rules already)
Anyone who’s wearing green today.
Have fun, guys! 😀
And, even if you’re not tagged or wearing green, feel free to take the challenge! I’d love to visit all of your story rooms. ❤
Which room was your favorite?