As soon as I saw this picture I was immediately reminded of the fairy world in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. The eerie grandeur and sense of abandonment are hauntingly similar to Susanna Clarke’s novel. Not only does this picture serve as a form of inspiration on it’s own, but the memory of Clarke’s novel is an inspiration for me as well. Although we don’t remember an author’s specific words, characters, or even plot, the way a story makes us feel is what truly sticks with us and determine’s our feelings towards a book. Clarke’s story had such a pervading sense of mystery and gloom that it will always stick with me. Using beautiful and unique imagery, similar to this picture of the Paris Opera House, is one way to ensure that your readers never forget the way your writing made them feel.

 

image: https://cristimoise.net/2012/08/05/paris-opera-house/