It got me thinking about where I get my ideas from and where we, as writers, draw out inspiration from.
Inspiration is a pretty fickle thing. One minute I can be swamped in ideas from everything I see and hear, next minute I can be starved for even the smallest spark.
At times I just need a bit of help to get my ideas going.
It seems with the amount of information on the internet now, this should be easier than ever for writers and artists in general.
I recently discovered Pinterest’s use as a tool of inspiration. My Pinterest account holds a couple of different boards for all types of things: writing tips, inspiration for specific novellas, self publishing advice, etc. The inspiration (or Pinspiration) I get from this is quite incredible, it’s a great wealth of images to scroll through and find my mind lighting up with ideas.
Music is, as for many people, also a great source of inspiration. I have a very vivid and active imagination that can create images very easily and this tends to be what happens when I listen to songs. My head creates almost like my own music video to go with the songs I listen to, and a lot of the time I get a good variety of stories from this method due to the wide variety of music I listen to (I have Fall Out Boy, Alice Cooper, Britney Spears and Disney all combined on my playlist! It’s certainly eclectic.)
Prompts are something I find incredibly useful at times, especially if I just want a quick go at writing practice. If that’s your thing, I would highly recommend checking out this blog, Of Paradise, great selection of very varied prompts and Featured Fiction for weekly prompts.
But even with all the media and information we can get from the internet and technology, sometimes its just as good to look around us. Nature and people can inspire great moments! I do have a rather bad habit of people-watching. I try to do it not so obviously, I don’t really want to appear like some crazy lady who stares at people as they pass! But sometimes it’s interesting to think of how many individual people there are in the world and each with their own individual life and story of their own.
Nature and the world around us can also provide lots of ideas. For example, I was walking down a high street of a city near where I live and noticed how the old buildings butted up against the rather boring, modern ones. This gave me a sudden spark of inspiration about a story where old meets new and the differences in appearance and functionality between them.
So, if you’re ever stuck for something to write sometimes it’s just as good to look out of the window as it is to turn to the computer! Inspiration can be found everywhere and it always seems to strike quite forcefully at the most unusual and unexpected of times. Just make sure to have a notebook always handy for those moments 😀
Is there any specific place you get inspiration from? Do you keep a stock of pictures/words to draw creativity from?
Also, I will be adding a ‘Connecting‘ section to my sidebar with my accounts at Pinterest, Goodreads and my email, etc. Just in case anyone want to get in touch in other ways.
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