Wednesday, August 4, 2010
My top five favourites prompts and inspirations are:
Word sets. You take five or six (or however many you want) and creative a paragraph or sentence or a whole story. Say you picked words like: conflict, crush, soy, breakout, honour. Say you decided to try and use them all in a sentence, what would you come up with?
Your Honour, I apologize for my conflict of interest over my involvement in the newest breakout crushed soy technology stocks.
Lame example, but you get the idea.
Listening to Music. I listen to music when I write. I use the words of the lyrics and the mood of the music to inspire me. For some reason the songs of Brad Paisley make me think of Chase, the hero from my Common Ground work-in-progress, particularly Mud on the Tires and Then. Duffy’s Stepping Stone and Reba McEntire’s Consider Me Gone bring Lily, the heroine to mind. And nothing beats listening to Johnny Reid, and songs like Dance With Me and Thank You, when you need to create a scene dripping in romance and passion.
Reading what authors, past and present, have to say about writing or life inspires me.
"I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, & how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know." Jane Austen in a letter to Cassandra, on Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennet
“When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "one word at a time." Stephen King
“I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them - then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.” Mark Twain
“I don’t believe in waiting for inspiration. It’s my job to sit down and figure out what to write.” Nora Roberts
“Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” Harper Lee
"It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." J. K. Rowling
Unfortunately, I’m not able to comment today as I'm out and about holidaying, but please leave a comment listing your favourite writing prompts or what you do to get the creative juices flowing again.