NaNoWriMo? What the devil is that, you might be thinking. The acronym stands for National Novel Writing Month which takes place over November. Online communities have been set up to help spur writers on with the ambition to get a novel, or a part of a novel perhaps, written with the standard target set at 50,000 words. While you might not have a novel on the go, what better time than November to take a writerly escape?
Writer’s Studio in Snape is perfect for the task. Aptly named, the cottage provides the perfect atmosphere for squirrelling yourself away while you work on your novel. Spend your day at the writing desk in the comfortable living room and then curl up in front of the wood burning stove of an evening reading through drafts. You might find the king sized bed too heavenly to leave, in which case cosy up with the duvet and your laptop and type away. As the weather starts to turn, the underfloor heating throughout will keep your toes blissfully toasty - if you can bear to get out of bed, that is.
Churn out a chapter or two then go for a walk along Snape Marshes to clear your head and take in the beautiful views of the River Alde and surrounding countryside. What could be better inspiration than the chatter of birdsong and crisp autumn winds? Then take yourself over to Snape Maltings and indulge yourself at the marvellous Cafe 1885 or treat yourself to delicious local foods for The Food Hall and cook up a storm back at the cottage.
If you hits writer’s block, pay a visit to nearby Aldeburgh for delectable fish and chips and for a stroll along the beach. Head over to historic Orford and visit the twelfth century castle, Pump Street Bakery and walk along the river to soak up the sights. Writing is not always an easy task, but some fresh air and a change of scenery is sure to get the cogs whirring again, and as Suffolk has such fantastic sights on offer you are sure to find inspiration to return to your labour of love.
If you’re looking to get away by yourself or with your other half, Writer’s Studio is tailored to suit a solitary guest or a couple with it’s open plan living space which is both welcoming and stylish. If you want to bring along a furry friend - your writing mascot maybe - 1 dog is also welcome at the property.
You are sure to be inspired - this was the very house where Benjamin Britten lived while he composed his opera Peter Grimes. Not a novel, but still, lightning might strike twice and you could be working on the next best seller during your stay here.
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