Posts Tagged ‘ creativity ’

Inspired Writing

  Every day I’m inspired by the world around me. I’ll see the way my bathroom products are haphazardly splayed on my counters and think, This is probably how my character’s bathroom would look too. When I come across a quirky person at work or see the way the dogwood outside is flowering or the way a construction site on my drive home sounds, I’m inspired.

I think seeing the world through a creative lens is my favorite part of being a writer. I feel as though I ingest life on a daily basis, paying close attention to all its eccentricities. And as I write on a regular basis, I’m more in tune to finding those things that would add flavor to my novels. Feelings and smells and tastes are all set aside in my mental database for use at a later date.

Hope you find your inspiration too! 🙂

Finding Your Story

   I have found the adage “You gotta know when to hold, know when to fold” very appropriate during my latest writing adventures. I’m busy writing, or rather, was busy writing, a new YA novel. I was in the flow, finding my story, really making great progress – in my opinion – when *sound of brakes squealing* everything came to a halt. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my story anymore. It wasn’t that I didn’t connect with my characters anymore. It wasn’t even that I didn’t know where I wanted the story to go or what I wanted to happen. What stopped me, quite abruptly, was that I realized that a lot of my action and, if I’m going to be honest, a lot of the really interesting storylines was happened in the past. I found myself trying to explain something that had occurred prior to the what I was writing about now. It gave me a headache quite frankly.

I like writing with a general plot in mind and who the characters are, but tend to hash out all the details as I go along. In this way I keep surprising myself and appreciating my story as it unfolds and then correct any inconsistencies when I go back and work on my subsequent drafts. But this time, I got 12,000 words into my story before realizing I had started my story in the wrong place! How aggravating! Not only would I have rework my storyline, but I’d basically have to scrap all that work and time (although I do like to lie to myself and say I’ll still be able to use some of it…ha!).

While this temporary deviation made me lose both work and momentum, I believe that rethinking my story will only make the final product that much better. 🙂