My next post series are going to be on how I plan my novels.
I’m doing this because NaNoWriMo is only two months away and it’s time I started preparing a novel for the occasion.
I warn you though, I might not be able to finish this post series by then because my exams are coming up and I need to start focusing on school.
We shall start of this new post series by giving it a name. How about the Novel Planning Posts? (Yes I realize that I’m no good at titles.)
This week’s post will be on gathering inspiration.
Has it ever happened to you that you want to write something but inspiration is just not coming to you and waiting for it is just not an option?
This actually happens to me a lot when I’m not working on a project.
The problem with writing is that it follows a cycle when it comes to inspiration.
If you write it’s like the inspiration just starts coming to you but you need inspiration to write.
The best advice is to just not stop writing in the first place and just sit with your laptop or a pen and paper for the rest of your life.
Since most of us can’t do this we will be looking at how to get inspiration from nothing.
My favourite resource for inspiration is pinterest.
You can get all these amazing pictures and prompts that you can force into a story.
First thing I do on pinterest is to look through the prompts for something that catches my eyes and then I create a board and pin anything that I think can fit into one story to it. If you are a regular pintrest user you might have stumbled onto boards like this and realized that it’s called a storyboard.
Here is an example of one of my story boards.
How to use prompts as inspiration.
Finding inspiration is like a button being pressed that makes you think, what if?
But sometimes one prompt that makes you think what if just isn’t good enough to drive a story.
If a prompt makes you think but doesn’t really supply something to build a story on go look through some more prompts but this time look at them and ask yourself if they can work together.
For the story I’m planning right now I found the prompt “and she cried. Oh God did she cry for a boy that never even existed.”
It gave me an idea but just wasn’t good enough to carry an entire story so I looked further and found this prompt. “A kid who’s imagination is so strong that it leaks into reality.”
Are you seeing the connection?
I saw it and I realized that while the one can’t really carry an entire story together they can create quite an impressive book.
Some great pinterest boards to look at for inspiration.
- This one called story pics.
- this dialog board.
- I am a writer. it’s filled with great pictures and writing advice.
- Story inspiration and writing.
I know this isn’t my most helpful post but I still hope you can make something with what I have said here. Next week I’m writing about Main characters and how I outline them.Please do come check it out.
If you have any questions about the upcoming post series or about the information I gave to you in this post please ask, I’m always open to your comments.