Inspiration is the one thing standing in between every writer and their published novel. If only you had enough plot points. If only your character wasn’t flat. If only your scenes weren’t two people talking to each other in front of a black curtain. In this post, I will share my top tips to stay inspired.
Create a Character Board
Use Pinterest or Google Images to find any pictures that really show who your character is. Browse YouTube for songs that match your character’s personality. Come up with a list of all the things that represent your character. I have a huge Pinterest folder full of outfits, hairstyles, scenery, colours, and random objects that I can look at and picture my character through. It’s a great way to really explore who your characters are so next time you’re stuck for ideas, simply look at your character board and you’re good to go.
Give Up the Vision of Perfection
We all want to have a perfect novel. Paragraphs of fancy description that you need a dictionary to understand, lines of dialogue that sound completely natural, and characters that pop out of the page every time they move their little finger. These are unrealistic, especially if you’re writing your first draft. Forget the idea that everything that comes out of your brain will be literary genius and write that awkward kissing scene or describe that tree as gnarled. It doesn’t make you any less of a writer if you don’t write like Tolkien.
Write Somewhere Else
Even if it’s just at your kitchen table instead of your desk, it will make a difference. I often find going out to a coffee shop where there are lots of people milling around will spark my creative juices, especially when I’m stuck on something character driven. If you can’t move the thing you write on, take a notebook with you, or use the notes app on your phone to jot down ideas for what to write when you get back.
Listen to Exciting Music
Or sad music. Or scary music. Whatever type of scene you’re writing, find a playlist of those types of songs and listen to it. Stuck on a bad break-up scene? Turn on some Taylor Swift and start typing away all those feelings. I find battle tracks from anime work well for fight scenes, and many hours have been spent listening to hours and hours of Fairy Tail soundtracks as I wrote the first draft of my fantasy novel.
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