This week as I battle my way through National Novel Writing Month (better known as NaNoWriMo), I thought I’d share with you the inspiration behind my current work in progress.
During my late teens and into my early twenties, I had the feeling that someone was watching me. Either my imagination was getting the better of me or I was completely paranoid.
To get to work, I used to park my car at the nearby station car park and catch the train into Sydney. Coming home from work one afternoon, I discovered a note on my windscreen. Thinking it was a flyer, I grabbed it and went to sit in my car. Upon reading it, I soon discovered that it was a note addressed to me from a complete stranger.
Someone was indeed watching me. The fear was real. The situation wasn’t helped that during this time my parents would go away on trips, leaving me alone for weeks on end. I dreaded those nights alone in a big house, with one elderly neighbour my only call for backup. On the other side of our house was a large park, dimly lit. It was no wonder I made a habit of looking out the windows regularly and investigated every noise the house ever made.
My reality has since become perfect fodder for a novel.
Do you ever get the feeling that you are being watched or perhaps even followed? Do you like being home alone at night? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Do you write what you know?
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