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.

Countering Writer’s Block

I know that as a fiction writer I have problems thinking about where to go with things some days. It’s either a character that I haven’t fully fleshed out, or even a scene that feels bland to me. Something could be happening, but I’m not happy with it. It could be the dialogue or even the way the characters are interacting. That can be a frustrating situation for any writer to go through. Luckily, I seem to have found something that appears to help with that. At least parts where I could be stuck.

The website is called – Writing-Workout.

What it will is through the writer into random scenarios, or something specific, and give you a random even that pertains to a subject. You’ll be given a quick 300 second time limit and have to react to it. You either have to fill in blanks, or write a quite scene to summarize what would happen. I’ve already found that locations and actions exercises can really help cement ideas that you want to lead up to or are currently having trouble with.

I highly recommend it to any writer who’s having a little trouble currently. It all happens to us. When it does, it’s better to know what to do and seek a way to remove yourself from that rut. As you do you’ll find yourself back on that writing track.

It’s also an excellent way to help exercise your mind as a writer. Because we’re sometimes forced to be focused in one area, or we’re stuck on one story this can be a perfect way to break away from things that are becoming stagnant. A way to remove yourself from your current project and get a quick workout. Writing Workouts should be as often as possible on a daily basis. They help influence your mind to see different ideas, and perhaps expand your abilities. Writers need their workouts as well. Never neglect a chance to practice something new.

What Does Drake Think About When He Wakes Up?

I am not the man that you want the hero to be.

I am no lord. No savior. My heart is not filled with gold.

I am not the one that believes in black and white. In good and evil.

I am not filled with peace, harmony, or positive feelings.

I do not turn my eyes away from the evil. I do not punish sinners.

I do not want the helpless. I do not want the pitied. I do not want the little people.

I do give in to my anger, my rage, my desires. I am the bright light of hot outrage that everyone can connect with.

I will do what I must to get my job done. I work for those who are in the right, not because of either personal gain or because they are the lesser. If they are in the right, regardless of it being for good or evil I will be there to side with them. 

I am a drunk. I feel, I give in to common human nature. I crave it. Like a crumbling wall, I fall to my knees to satisfy my basic animal needs.

I am not a man of a law. I am not a man of justice. I am not a man of hope.

My name is Drake Williams.

I am the man in Black. 

 

Writing Problems To Destroy

Why destroy them? Why such an aggressive word? When it comes to writing you have no choice but to be rid of these problems. If certain problems are not taken out of your writing process things will not go well. Writing can be difficult. Some may find it easy, writing may be something that is almost second nature and has become a habit in their daily lives. Others have difficulty getting into their day due to exhaustion or too many other things going on. I know that’s one of the problems I have lately. Work and helping take care of my family are my much larger responsibilities.

You’re either going to compromise with yourself to do writing later on or you’re going to make time. Either one can be good for you. That’s one of the things that you have to discover:

What are ways that you can work your day so that you’re writing but you’re not neglecting something else in your life?

It’s difficult to not neglect something in your life. You’re either writing, or there is something else you could be doing. It’ll be there in the back of your head, bugging you, or you’ll ignore it and continue to write. Do you write or do you get of the lesser task? Does someone else require the task done? It’s all about compromise. Say you devote evenings that you have off after work to get those tasks done to free up your days off. Maybe you write for fifteen or twenty minutes, and then go and complete a task and continue the process? Write for your desired amount of time, then go and do a task. Whatever works best for you – the end goal is to find time to write and try your best to not neglect certain things.

Are there other things that you’re doing that are done instead of writing?

Have a favorite TV show that you adore to watch and just can’t get enough of? Breaking Bad is that television program for me. It’s never bad to sit down and enjoy and excellent show for an hour or even marathon an entire season. However, and I find myself being guilty of this, there are times that you may notice you find yourself wandering through the TV guide and find nothing yet you’re stuck in front of the screen for an extra hour or even two. This happens to me all the time. Especially when it’s my day off. It’s hard not to want to sit there, relax for a few hours and take in the fact that I’m not on my feet. TV can easily destroy motivation to want to write and spend a few hours on the next pages that you promised yourself you were going to finish. It’s difficult to pull away. Find a way to distract yourself and stick to writing. It’s similar to going into a dark corner and enjoying a fantastically written book for hours at a time. Cutting yourself off from the world and taking it all in.

Same goes for when you’re on your computer and being connected to the internet. This is also something that happens to me. I’ll find myself watching YouTube videos for hours, and finding more to watch because there are other things that I can’t help but be curious about. Whenever I find myself on Achievementhunter.com I get stuck watching their videos. They’re incredibly witty and hard to pull away from. Maybe for the first two or so hours that you’re on your computer, you’re disconnected from the internet?

How are you going to keep yourself pulled in?

Sure, you have your rear in the seat and the computer in your lap. You’re typing and the novel is becoming an entity. The words are forming sentences and the story is happening. How do you stay in that state of mind? How do you keep going forward? One technique that will keep me in my seat is listening to music that suits the scene that I’m writing. The music will fuel the scene and I can colorfully see what I want to create inside of my head. Without that music I may stop typing and find myself at a lose. Where was I going? When the music is playing, it keeps me in check. My mind is in the scene, I imagine myself being there and the characters help me write.

Another way you can help make the scene is, throughout the week, create sticky notes of your stray thoughts. Maybe before you leave work or go to bed, write five things down for the next segment of the story that you’re going to write. When you sit down again, gather up all the sticky notes and see what you have to work on. You’ll already have a small foundation and you won’t be starting from scratch. You won’t be spending the first ten minutes attempting to remember what you’ve forgotten from the beginning of the week.

Writing takes a lot of time, effort, and sometimes even willpower to continue to write the story that you want to make. Each time you sit down you’re moving closer to your goal. If you have a plan before you sit down, or a set of techniques to help you move forward, you’ll find that this is going to take your writing further. Paragraphs will suddenly become pages and minutes will smear into hours.

What ways do you recommend sticking to a story and getting that required word count? 

Injustice, Mass Effect, Deadpool, and More!

Articles, articles, and articles!

I have been extremely busy the past week. I apologize for not updating the blog with all the current articles that I’ve been working on. Several of them have been published on Examiner.com. Things have been heating up! Several topics, all around, all about excellent games to come in the near future. I’m excited for this gaming year. Every year appears to be getting better by the generation.

Here’s what I’ve written:

Mass Effect 3 Anniversary

Dead Space 3 Awakened DLC

Deadpool’s Game!

Injustice:Gods Among Us Recap and Memorial

Mass Effect 3 DLC – Citadel

Assassin’s Creed 4 Trailer

Star Wars 1313 Delayed

Injustice: Gods Among Us Battle Arena Week 4 Results

Assassin Creed 4 Confirmed

Hope you all enjoy the articles. I’ve been working hard at both school and this work. Enjoy! Make sure to subscribe so you can keep up-to-date with all the latest news, reviews, and information on gaming!

Warframe Beta Weekend Review

Hey all!

Here’s my latest article on 2p.com. Come check out my review that I did for the new MMOTPS Warframe by the developers who did Bioshock, here.

Here’s a quick preview –

“For this past weekend, I decided to invest my spare into a new MMOTPS, Warframe. To say the least, I wasn’t expecting much from this unknown title. I didn’t who had developed the game, what sort of system was in place, the story, or even that it was a Third Person Shooter. All I knew was the fact that I had scrolled through my Facebook, saw that Alienware had been promoting it and downloaded the game. Without any prior knowledge of the game, I was immediately blown away. With my first session under my belt, it was difficult to refer to game as a ‘beta”…

Long Week

The start of the week was filled with Mid-terms. One of the biggest reasons I had been avabilible to make any sort of updates at all. On top of that, Thursday was filled with anything else I needed to finished before Friday, and I had a few friends visiting me down at OSU then. After they visited, I was on my way back to Hillsboro and seeing my family for my father’s 50th birthday.

It’s been one helluva week. Tonight was I able to sit down and finally embark in a story regarding my Star Wars series. It was uplifting for me to continue with the stories that had been going on.

There are a ton of other things that I’m planning to cover later this evening and then tomorrow as well. I’m excited! Once again, the future is still looking bright. Have to keep up my A-game with everything.

Let’s hope you’re all as happy as me to read.

Don’t forget to check out the new addition to the Star Wars stories as well: Prepare The Guns – Part 5