Oh, To Be Inspired

Creativity is an interesting thing.  I often find myself uninspired because I’m over inspired.  This leads me to not know where to start, or, start…and then start again…and then start again (this is why I have so many half finished projects).

Oh, to be over inspired. You have such a horrible life, Sarah.

Yes, yes, I know, it’s such a burden. I just wish I had someone to help carry the load.

Hey!  How about I tell you how I get inspired, and maybe you can find some inspiration from it?  That would be cool, right?

On my desk, I have a small cup with fortune cookie fortunes in it.  The fortune could be either a scene, a feeling a character has, an incident (either good or bad), or a theme for the overall story (kind of like fables).

One time, I had a dream* that I was watching a video on YouTube called Blue Uncertainty. I loved the title, so I went out and grabbed blue paint sample cards with names that I could use as chapter titles (Blue Sky, Stone Wall, and Ice Sculpture are just a few of many that I picked out).  Of course, this great idea led me to pick out some for every color, and inspired me to create a “rainbow series.”  As you can imagine, I was so inspired, that I had to stop and marvel as this amazing idea…for the last few years.

*Dreams are huge inspirations to me.  I love having a good dream.  A “good” dream doesn’t necessarily mean the content has to be good.  “Good” in this case just means it’s clear enough for me to extract something from it.  For example, there were kids out in a field, and a bus came and everyone had to run and get on it.  If they didn’t they’d die.  Survival of the fittest, I suppose.

I also have dice.  Dice are a great thing to have in your creativity box, as well as a coin.  These don’t give me inspiration, but I went on deviantArt and found some character worksheets, and they had one or both of these options. You can also come up with your own, (will this character stay?  Or will they go?). Those are a lot of fun to mess around with.

I also look at street names, cities, and spam email for inspiration for character names.  Wait, what?  Mom and I were on a road trip, and we were going through Louisiana, and there is a city names Toula.  I mean, come on, how awesome is that for a name?  As far as spam email, here are some that I just found: Katy Hanley, Lynn Milton, Lan Mavrick.

I also get inspired by other peoples’ stories.  A few of my coworkers have some…very…interesting life stories…

And then, we have this one.  The DIYMFA Writer Igniter.  I used this a couple of years ago during NaNoWriMo, and I have to say, that story is definitely one of my favorite stories that I’ve written.  I highly suggest at least clicking on the link and checking it out.

So, there you have it.  Of course, this isn’t everything that gives me inspiration, but it’s usually the stuff that I go to first.

What inspires you?  Comment below, or make your own blog post and leave the link.  I’d love to know!

This post is inspired by the DIYMFA Book Club writing prompt, “Fuel Your Creativity”.

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3 thoughts on “Oh, To Be Inspired

  1. Alison Juste says:

    I love your fortune cookie idea! Dice or a coin… hmm. Coin is probably easiest, got a pile of leftover random currency, and that does force your hand. But do you ever not want to do what it says? Not kill a character, or turn the plot the other way you intended? I feel I might do that, but at least I’d know why from my strong initial reaction? Hmm… to contemplate.

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    • Sarah D'Anne says:

      I have done the opposite of what the coin said. I was using a character sheet, and I did it twice (one for a boy, one for a girl). I did one character first, and for the second one, there were some categories where the characters would be the same (for example, same car, same outlook, etc.). Some of those I kept the same, while others I decided against the coin, because of how I wanted to write the characters.

      It turned out to be one of my favorite short stories (see Taste of You, Taste of Me). So, in the end, it was a good idea. Besides, you’re not a writer if you’re not a rebel :P.

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