Focusing Inspiration

Originally I wanted to share about how to discover inspiration. Before doing so I misunderstood what exactly inspiration is. It’s everywhere. You could get it from a spoon hanging at a certain direction. From the way your fingers sound as they type away at the keyboard. Running water that you happen to hear when you’re driving nearby a river in your car. Inspiration is everywhere, that all depends on you. What’s the next step? Using it. Focusing that inspiration is something some writers have trouble with. They have an idea of what they want, but what next?

Here are a few things that you could do to help use it properly –

Find a sticky note:

Sticky notes are extremely useful if you have a break down of ideas. If you want to build off it later, you can create a tree like brainstorming session. Have the main idea in the middle, branch off into smaller details about it and then other details about those details. The sticky notes can be placed on a wall or a whiteboard. Easy to take off you want to change something or put it somewhere else. Also, they’re small. Harder to have an excuse on why you wouldn’t have them on you. Writers are good at creating excuses – don’t give yourself that chance.

Tape recorder:

Those are not too difficult to come by these days. If you want a handy one, get a slim model that can fit into a pocket or hide away in a backpack / bag. Better yet look on your phone for an app. Test it out first to get the feel of how the product handles. As you establish that, take it for a spin and go around your local area. Find five or so things that could be inspiring for your writing. After you’ve finished the test run, return home and see how things worked out. If you can create a page that came directly from what you’ve said on the recorder keep on using it, if it works for you.

Notebook:

The classic notebook. Several writers that I speak to or read blogs of talk about how they’ve written in a journal. It’s an excellent way of being out in public and writing whatever they’re thinking down. We writers have this horrible tendency to have quite a few things running through our heads. We’re all prone to forget instantly. Always have something you consider to be a journal on you at all times.

Ten random objects:

This is an odd one a friend turned on to me. Write down ten things in the room you’re in that stick out you. List them in any particular order you choose. Immediately, remove three of them. The other seven, write a sentence that involves that object. Remove two. The last five, write a paragraph about each one. Remove two you don’t like. From there, intersect the last three into your characters, or a scene that focuses on that as a high light. It’s a good way to give certain things in the homes, or residences, of your characters or even things they can be carrying. The key is to make them stand out. Make them different. While this isn’t focusing inspiration, and more of discovering it, I had wanted to include this. I thought it was tons of fun.

While these are only starting places, always consider a way for you to make your walks around the park an advantage to your writing. Inspiration is everywhere. Be prepared when it strikes you.

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Current Reading

What have I been reading lately for relaxing? It’s not things that most would believe to be relaxing. Most of it has been either ways to improve my writing, or to research other ways to write.

It’s an odd form of relaxing. Research? In my sight, research is a way to tone things down in my day. I’m use to researching all sorts of topics throughout my day. Either in science, daily news, math, and a few other handfuls of subjects. Although it can be tiring, I choose to research because it’s a helpful tool to have. I research in a specific area in something I really enjoy. That’s what writing is to me. A particular topic that I’m constantly learning how to develop and create into an abstract creation.

Although, my research typically goes into freelance writing, I do on occasion pick up a book that I use to research as well. By “book”, I mean one that an author has written in fiction. Freelance writing has books, but the book series I’m most interested in lately has been the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher.

The Dresden Files’ writing style has been a vast wealth of help for my writing mind. I’ve attempted a few forms of first person narration. While it can be difficult at times, a few people that I use for feedback find it much more enlightening. For some reason the story series that I’m creating seems to fit extremely well within the realm of the first person narration. Have I changed the way the story is told? Perhaps. I have yet to decide.

It’s taking time for me to change my ways. When you cement most of them in the tips of your fingers, it’s difficult to pull away. You’re feeling the story comes more naturally within the domain of your original version of writing. To write in a completely different way you’re finding it awkward, like the first time you pick up an instrument. You know all the correct notes that can be played in music. Only the instrument isn’t yours. It’s taking much longer to know how the notes will be used and how the music itself will be played.

You may even find that you’re more adept at this particular instrument. While it takes time for practice, you’re slowly edging your way into a new way of creating. As time ticks by, you’re learning more of the new limitations which the instrument is given. Then you begin to wonder, how else can it be explored? How can you make it your own?

That’s the biggest question I have for my writing. How am I going to be able to make it my own and adapt it to the writing world.

Meanwhile, I’m still advancing in ideas. Thoughts of the story continue to swim around in my mind. I see it, I want to give it life and breath the air into all the character’s and the plot’s lungs.

Time will tell what I’m able to do within these new limitations. Will I find another way to¬†implement¬†what I’ve learned? We’ll see.