This week's topic:
When you need creative inspiration, where do you go?
I go to the most inconvenient place possible where I have no access to pen or paper when the ideas start flowing. Haha. ☺
Kidding. Here's my real answer:
1. Nose In a Book
There are few things like reading in the same genre to find inspiration for your own writing. It sets the tone for what you're working on, and can even eliminate distraction. I think this is important when you have multiple projects on the go. My main WiP is YA sci-fi, but I've also been sporadically working on a YA contemporary romance. When I'm focusing on the sci-fi, I sometimes find it difficult to read contemporaries because then I start feeling the pull of that other WiP.
2. iTune Out
Music is an important part of my creative process. The right tune and/or lyrics can really inspire me. Sometimes I set out looking for fitting music, but more often than not I stumble across songs that really work with what I'm writing. Other times it's almost eerily timed. Just the other day I was working on revising a scene in my WiP and Pearl Jam's Just Breathe popped up on my iTunes playlist. It actually gave me chills when I realized just how perfectly it fit with the scene.
3. I Google Pinterventions
I love looking for images that reflect some aspect of my story. Most often I head over to Google Images and plunk in some WiP-related search term and see what pops up. Pinterest can be very useful this way too, but we all know that it's a bit of a timesuck vortex too. I usually only head over there when I have time to kill. I like to put some of what I find up on my wall above my desk too.
4. Hop On the Infobahn
Research, especially in the planning stages, is like my own personal brand of heroin (bahaha!). The internet makes this really easy and also really time-consuming. I'll sometimes waste hours just researching one particular thing for my story. But, this information and inspiration is irreplaceable and my story will be a whole lot better for it. It's amazing how this can lead to things I hadn't planned on, but that add so much more depth to my original idea.
5. Silver Screen Stimulus
Working on a sci-fi story means that lately I can't get enough of sci-fi movies. It's great to see how they've approached these future worlds—advanced technology, altered forms of government, batshiz forms of fashion—and it gets me thinking in terms of these things as well. Sometimes what I see comes a little too close for comfort (Crap! That's like ___________ in my WiP!), but generally it's more of a positive experience.
6. Out of the Blue
When I least expect it, when I'm not even thinking about writing, really great ideas will just pop into my head. And before I know it, these little kernels are popping all over the place. The other day I was looking at something on Goodreads, and a single word jumped out that inspired an entire story for me. Bam! Just like that. I jotted down some notes and filed it away for later, but I'm kind of excited about where that might lead.
How about you? Where do you find inspiration?