While I work on getting all the foundations for my story up, let’s take a slight detour for a moment. Instead of looking at the story itself, I’ll be going into what gets my creative motor running, both in general and for this year’s NaNoWriMo story specifically: inspiration.
Most writers (or artists in general) can agree that inspiration can sometimes be hard to come by. In this case we have a few choices: we can sit down and do nothing, just wait for inspiration to come to us, or, especially if we have a set-up for a story to finish within a week or so, we can help it along a little, and with it ourselves. Here are two sources of inspiration I’ve found very helpful in putting my story together during my recent NaNoWriMo preparation. It’s not unlikely you’re familiar with them already (the second in particular), but they might just prove helpful.
Whether it’s a spirited faux-Latin filled trailer score for that epic battlescene, a sad, dramatic song for when it’s time to say goodbye to that beloved character, or a soft and gentle piece for a tranquil or intimate moment, listening to the right music at the right time has been a major inspiring factor for me and my writing for a long time. Right now it’s no different. I have an mp3 player full of music for various occasions, but lately I’ve spent most of my time on one particular YouTube channel.
Traditional Music Channel is an incredible channel with music from all across the globe, so as long as your story takes place somewhere on planet earth (or something similar to it), it’s bound to get you in the mood for writing!
Pinterest and DeviantArt
When I’m in need for some pictures, either just for fun, to illustrate a blog post, or something completely different, I usually went for the general picture search route if I was in need for some pictures. Recently, though, I’ve actually discovered Pinterest. Fairly easy to use and having both pictures aplenty and a convenient place to store them without clogging up my computer, it has proved a big help in visualising my story. Thanks to this site I actually managed to get a much better idea of what my two main protagonists actually look like! *cue infomercial*
DeviantArt is a site I’ve been using for a bit longer, mainly for that one world building project I really need to get working on again. Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for immediately, simply scrolling and clicking through the site and viewing the various pieces of art can really lead to unexpected but often pleasantly surprising bursts of inspiration.
And that’s all the time we have today! Just a glimpse into a few simple pieces of possible inspiration for my writing endeavours, and perhaps for yours as well!
Speaking of your inspiration: where do you get it from? Do you use these same sources, or do you have utterly different methods to gather it and completely different places to go to? You have anything inspiration related you want to share? Please leave a comment! Who knows how we might inspire one another!
See you soon back on the Road to NaNoWriMo 2016! ^_^