So right now, I'm really struggling with writing. Part of it is just that I'm totally out of practice, and part of it is that I need to just sit down and do the work. And part of it is that for the last couple of years, I've been feeling utterly uninspired. Or if I do have inspiration it is for D&D, or a project with John, or stupid crap for this blog, but nothing that I feel makes a decent short story, much less has the potential for a full length novel.
Which is stupid. Because I'm not a terrible writer, when I'm doing the work and writing often enough to keep my skills sharp and my brain functioning. Which I haven't been doing, so this is something to help me find the inspiration I'm looking for and sharpen my skills in the mean time.
Here are my sources of inspiration which I will use to write:
- Pinterest! I have so much amazing art collected on pinterest, and I never use any of it. So using some sort of rational methodology, I will select an art piece and use it as a starting point.
- Story Prompts. I typically read a dozen prompts (or more) before one speaks to me, but these can be a fun starting point.
- Writing Challenges. For the most part I'm acquiring these from the various writing podcasts I listen to. I'm going to start collecting them and actually doing them.
- Fan Fiction - I know, I know, but I don't care. This one is to use a major character and write a new story for them.
- Fan Fiction Part Two - Use a minor character and write a story for them. This is much more fun, personally.
- Wired Magazine. Science fiction is surprisingly interesting, so the idea here is to read an article, take it to some extreme conclusion, and write a story in that world.
- Fables, Myths, Religious Stories and Fairy Tales. Write the "True" story. Or a modern rendition. Or a new take on it. This is a classic way to learn structures.
- Podcasts. What? I listen to so many, these are a constant source of ideas. The basic idea is to take whatever I'm listening to when I sit down to write and figure out how to make a story out of it. We'll see how well this actually works.
- Current Events. There's always something going on. This is similar to the Wired concept - take a current news event and craft a story from something contained therein.
- World Building. This isn't a prompt, just background stuff. The idea here is to take an existing fiction piece, craft additional stuff in the world, and then either add to the story or start a new one in the same world.
- Character Building. Again, not really a prompt, but the idea is to take a secondary or tertiary character in an existing piece and write a new story just for that character.
- Twitter - There are tons of challenges, prompts, and ideas on twitter, so I just search for something, find it, and write.
- Idea Notebook - When an actual idea comes to me, I'm writing it down. I currently only have a couple, but am slowly adding them. Hopefully I will add them more frequently than I use them, since that's what it is for. This will take one and make a story from it.
- Expand an existing piece. Add to it, or flesh it out, or just start a new scene or a new chapter.
- Polish an existing piece. One single existing piece, go through and edit, search for junk words and crappy dialogue and make it better.