Inspiration can strike from anywhere, and the more an author gets out and experiences life the more life they can add into their writing. Life experiences can shape an author who in turn create and infuse their characters with life and enrich their stories with depth and relatability. As an introvert, "going out" and experiencing life is something I tend to struggle with. The article below has a few suggestions to help find new story ideas that are both introvert and extrovert friendly, make sure to check out the entire article on Huffington Post.
Go for a Walk
No seriously, get up right now and go for a walk. We'll wait. If walking isn't an option, any moderate, repetitive exercise can provide similar benefits.
Freewriting--getting words down on paper without structure or limits--can unlock your creativity in unexpected ways.
It's easy to do: just grab a notebook or a blank word document, set a timer for ten or fifteen minutes, and write steadily until your time is up.
In his excellent book On Writing, Stephen King wrote, "If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." Great writing can inspire you to new heights.
When you want to get some serious work done, turn off the TV, lock your phone in a drawer (in another room, if necessary). You'll be amazed at the ideas that emerge once you give yourself a little peace and quiet.
Observe and Record
Go out and spend twenty or thirty minutes watching people. Observe how they speak, the gestures they make, the clothes they wear. Make up little stories about them and their lives--give them names if you want to--and write down your thoughts and observations in a notebook.
Do you have other ways to get over creativity block? Share them in the comments below and you may just inspire someone else!
Thanks to midterms and life in general its been a while since I've been able to post, here's a book review as an apology. The Night of Elisa is an illustrated novella by Isis Sousa and It was a fantastic gothic read.
Elisa is a young woman who has had everything she's loved ripped from her by a backstabbing husband. She's thrust into the world of Duskland and encounters a wide variety of interesting characters who embrace her with open arms. After being separated from her new friends, Elisa learns of the betrayal from the man she married and with help from her friends, vows to take him down.
The construction of this novella was interesting to me, Elisa, the main character was rather boring and blank. This didn't feel like a negative thing though, in fact quite the opposite. Elisa felt like a clean white canvas for me, the reader, to project my feelings and emotions on to in response to the situations around her. In a novella of this length, this is a great addition and helped me feel more connected to the wide variety of other characters supporting the plot.
Throughout the story, Elisa finds herself in a variety of locations and worlds and when they are explained there is a descriptive difference beautifully crafted to alert the reader to where they are. Simple touches of the setting are described to create a rich feeling environment, and weather conditions are used to enhance the overall mood of a scene.
What exactly is a writer? As the months have passed by, I have found myself asking that question and having to defend writing as a practical job. I've found that writers are researchers, artists, interior decorators, counselors and infinite other things.
Check out the full article from Mary Novaria about what authors actually occupy their "free-time" with.
In the waiting room at the dentist, we pay attention to how people cross their legs, bite their lips and hold their purses; we notice the tone they take when speaking to children.
Even when we procrastinate, we are working, because we are so consciously aware of the fact that we are NOT producing in that moment but we're thinking about WHAT we're going to say when we actually do sit down at the computer. We can't even read for the sheer pleasure of it. Everything is a dissection.
And as we try to calm our brains enough to sleep at night we remember a forgotten detail and fumble in the dark for a pen or the notes app on our iPhone, jotting down some gem that, honestly, might not seem so noteworthy in the morning.
Keeping a journal and writing in a diary do not have to mean the same thing, they can however, share a certain set of qualities. While keeping a diary is mainly focused on current feelings and documenting life events, a writer's journal can be so much more.
Just as an artist is never seen without their sketchbook, a writer should have a place to document their thoughts. Creative types, writers in specific, often have many people vying for attention in their heads all at once and the only way to silence their racket is to write them out. The imaginary adventures I take with my friends is some of the best and most rewarding time I've spent and even after our adventures end, the experiences linger, begging for an outlet, using a journal, I can take mini adventures as often as I please.
Journals can be in many forms; loose sheets on notebook paper, an ongoing word processing document, stickies notes scattered on a cork board, or a high quality notebook. Whatever inspires the author should be embraced. A journal can also be a place to express the visual creativity or brainstorming an author needs. Plot diagrams, family trees, floor plans, or even photographs taped in can help inspire and trigger more writing.
What are your favorite haunts for inspiration, writing prompts and anything else writing related? Leave your favorites in the comments below.
Also, if you've got an epic looking journal, share that too! Who knows, you may inspire others to get creative with theirs.
Finally, got a spare moment to write up this review. After Glow is the third book from Jayne Castle in the Harmony series (among others). Better than the first two by far and immediately gained points in my book with the continuation of already known characters.
Picking up a few weeks after the events in After Dark, Lydia and Emmett are still feeling their way through their relationship with one another. Lydia's private consulting is picking up and with a new client, her job at the museum, and the ongoing investigating she's doing into her Lost Weekend.
The plot was full of twists and unsuspecting information doled out by the author in bite sized pieces, my attention kept through the whole read. Small revelations, secrets and even long planned lies fill the story and keep you reading long into the night.
The dynamic between Lydia and Emmett has also evolved into more stable and trusting relationship and continues to grow as the book progresses. Lydia always has plan when a situation gets rough, even if she's holding out hope for Emmett to come and save her. She's a strong woman who can fight for herself and yet knows that she and Emmett have something special enough that he'll always have her back.
I know its been a few months since I've published one of these, but I'm back, and a schedule has been made! Woot, let's jump right in!