YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday for this week poses this question:
When you need creative inspiration, where do you go?
For me, this isn’t a physical place. When I need inspiration I delve into the works of others, usually novels or music. While I’m a believer in not waiting for inspiration to strike before writing, sometimes having that extra spark can help invigorate your writing or make you think in ways you haven’t before.
For example, I’ve been considering the general plot of each book in a series I’m writing, of which Coldfire is the first. I struggled for a while to come up with a plot that would fit the last book and allow the tying up of various loose ends. It wasn’t until listening to Muse’s album ‘The Resistance’ that I finally had an idea. I’ve been honing it in my head ever since so it’ll be more polished when the time finally comes to write it (God knows when that’ll be). I usually prefer to come up with ideas by myself, but this time I was at a loss and needed help from external sources.
I also find that listening to music or reading books can re-energise me when I hit a writing slump. What usually occurs in this case is that I’ll step away from writing for a few days straight and eventually get bored and turn to reading. I usually end up reading books that I’ve already read in the past, since I already know which ones are more likely to help me out. After a few days of steady reading I usually get back in the saddle and start writing again. As for music, it usually helps me focus when writing and I tend to write more with its help in blocking out distractions.
Physical locations have never really done it for me, most likely due to my limited ability to travel since I don’t have my license yet and my hometown’s public transportation is practically useless. This might change in the future. I really hope my planned visit to Italy early next year might inspire some writing or, at least, give me a larger pool of experience which to draw from. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.