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Country town creative writing

Country town creative writing

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Town – quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing

To call it a town is to see the houses yet not the homes – it was a community.

The streets of the town had been added as petals to a sugar-rose, for they arched in organic swirls around the aromatic marketplace.

There was an expanding of the colours of the town, a brightening as the day strengthened.

The town was a happy hug of houses that had expanded as the years went on.

The wind chattered through the streets, the rain danced upon the rooftops and the sunlight contrived with the moonlight to keep the town in ever-glow.

It was a new town, a town in a single building, tiny footprint in all regards and human-appropriate housing and play spaces within. All designed for good health of brain and body. Around it is the wild-spaces we released to nature, the places the community is free to roam and enjoy.


I suppose I am a born novelist, for the things that I imagine are more vital and vivid to me than the things I remember. ~Ellen Glasgow

Small Town Writing

Two years ago I made a huge change in my life: I left my hometown (the only city I’d ever lived in) and moved clear across the country to a small town that I’d never even visited before.

I haven’t regretted the move at all. Even so, after two full years now, I’m still finding myself periodically marveling at the differences between the big city east coast life I grew up with, and the small-town north-west life I live now.

It’s great fodder for stories, for sure. Even though my current WIP does not take place in a small rural town, I’m filing away my observations for potential future writing use. And now, I’m sharing these little observations with you! So if you’ve never lived in a small rural town, then feel free to take some of these tidbits and use them to inspire your own writing!

A Town of “The”

My town is small enough that it’s a town where many things are “the.” As in, “the post office,” “the Chinese restaurant,” and “the gas station.” It used to be a town of “the traffic light,” but then the light was removed. There is only one other traffic light in the entire county, just past the north edge of town; so my town is officially now a no-light town.

If you come from a small town or a rural area, some of these observations may be familiar to you. But if you’re like me and grew up in a modern city, then I offer you some small-town observations that can maybe give you some writing ideas!

-Crowds at the P.O. or city hall means more than 2 people in line in front of you. I came from a place where going to the post office to mail a package was an all-afternoon affair. Now, if I have to wait more than ten minutes, I consider that a long wait. And if both teller windows are open? Then it’s really crowded.

-Unmarked roads, dirt roads, and no roads. Where I live, about half the roads in the county don’t show up on Google maps. And about half of the ones that do show up are actually private roads – that is, driveways or roads through private property. A good way to tell if a road is a public county road is the collection of mailboxes gathered at the end of the road or at an intersection. That means multiple families live down that road (no one has a mail box in front of their house). A lot of public roads are dirt or gravel, so be prepared to have a perpetually dirty car. And in order to view some of the best natural wonders and scenic views, be prepared to hike, because there are usually no roads. I happen to live in a sparsely-populated region, where the trees and the wildlife far outnumber the roads and the people.

-Noon whistle. My town happily still has an old-fashioned tradition that was once a part of many rural working towns. Every weekday at noon, a siren sounds from city hall downtown; it’s clearly audible throughout the valley and the northern part of town. Once upon a time the noon whistle told factory workers and school children that it was time to pause for lunch. A noon whistle isn’t really needed these days, but it’s a fun tradition that reminds the locals of days gone by.

Lots of land, not many people. Pretty sure those are dirt roads down there.