RTW: Wells of Inspiration

This Week’s Topic:

When you need creative inspiration, where do you go?

Ah what an awesome question! I find inspiration in daily life, seeing a particularly strange/quirky/odd person in town might become the basis for a character. Experiencing life in general tends to become the basis for my stories but sometimes that’s just not enough.

When I’m feeling creatively constipated and in need of inspiration, I have several sources to which I turn.

1) DeviantArt: The artworks on this site have inspired numerous stories, provided ideas for individual scenes or provided the faces for my characters who are just names on a page.

2) Youtube: Trawling through music videos is not procrastination, it’s inspiring. Many of my stories including two published short stories (Vox Clamantis in Deserto and Where Dreams are Grown) were directly inspired by music videos (in flames and Nightwish respectively).

3) Music: Everything from album and song titles to snatches of lyrics and the musical works themselves. Music has always moved me. I may be a writer now, but I have always and will always be a musician first. For this reason, I tend to take the greatest and most profound inspiration from music. The band Explosions in the Sky (incredible, check them out!) is, in a way, directly responsible for my new YA novel awaiting publication with Etopia Press. Their music conjured up a setting in my mind, that setting demanded a story and so a book was born.

To a lesser extent, movies, TV and other books can also be inspiring but I find they often nullify my desire to write because I look at what those writers did and think I’ll never be as good as them. Hence, my return to music.

Where do you go to find inspiration?

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  • http://twitter.com/Juliana_Haygert Juliana Haygert

    Oh, gosh, I forgot about DeviantArt! I usually browse them and then pin the ones I like most onto my Pinterest boards ;) And there are so many awesome pics there!
    Music is a big thing to me too ;)

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Yup, I forgot about Pinterest :P I use that all the time! :)

  • http://colewritingblog.blogspot.com/ Miss Cole

    DeviantArt is an awesome site! I use it quite a lot too ^_^

    • Suzanne_Writer

      I can get lost for hours on there :)

  • Jaime Morrow

    DeviantArt! That’s a great one. :) I’ve found myself there sometimes too just checking out the amazing artwork. Music is a big one for me too.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Music and art, the other two points of the triangle. Literature being the third ;) Pillars of civilization I say! :)

  • MsFairyFreak

    I never really looked to music for inspiration however I haven’t found a band to inspire me yet. :D great post. Thanks for sharing

    • Suzanne_Writer

      It’s all about finding the right kind of music :)