What's in an email? Well I've come to find so many ideas can be generated from reading and writing. When I have written to my critique buddy and talked about the problems I may be having, I have actually had my imagination spark from something I said. I guess by talking out your story to someone, you may end up with that a-ha moment. Email buddies are great muses too give you a different angle that you might not have thought about. In fact it may even change your story for the better. So, if your serious about writing my suggestion is to have an email buddy. I find myself waiting for my buddy to email me with her next latest greatest suggestions. Happy writing everyone!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Have you ever been so in awe with an actor that you can't stop thinking about them? I get my inspiration for characters a lot of the time from actors on T.V. Flip through the channels until someone with the perfect face comes along and watch them. Watch how they smile and the different kinds of smiles they have. All of this is good material for character make up. In fact most of the characters in my novels have all come from my favorite television series. So when you've come to a halt when writing, stop! Rent an episode or series of your favorite show from the video store and start watching. All of the sudden your character will come to life again and you may see new characteristics in them that maybe you never have noticed or have forgotten about. Listening to their voice, seeing the way the glare at someone, watching them cry or smile are all inspirational motivators to kick start your characters back into motion. So, put the laptop down, get a bag of microwave popcorn and pop in the DVD. You will be surprised how well this works. For me, a favorite movie always works. I've usually watched it an embarrassing amount of times, but whatever works go for it. I hope this will work for you when your brain has been on overdrive. Sometimes just sitting back and hanging with your favorite actor might just do the trick. Good Luck and happy writing :)
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
What's in a smell? Well I say it can be your muse. If you think about it, imagine walking into a kitchen filled with the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. It may take you back to a time when you were a child in the care of a loving mother ready to hug you when you came home from school. Your sense of smell can be a powerful thing. Smells can take you back in time, can make you feel warm and cozy, can arouse you, or can repulse you, but all can give you inspiration in one way or the other. When I'm trying to write a sensual scene I sometimes will get my husbands cologne and close my eyes and breathe in the musky scent. Smells can make your body tingle. Close your eyes and breathe in. What do you smell? A lot of the time, smells are overlooked and discarded. But, I say, use what you can. The smell of rain can stimulate an array of possible writing material. Write down how you are feeling with the smell. Does it make your heart race? Some of the best chapters you have ever written may have come from a single smell. So use this sense to your advantage when you have hit a road block. Go outside, go to the laundry room, the kitchen, anywhere different aromas may linger in the air. Simply walking into a hospital or an elementary school will send your senses in a frenzy giving you many ideas. Just make sure you have your pad with you to write down things you are imagining or feeling. Things that are touching your soul. So, what's in a smell? Maybe a bestseller. Use every advantage you can to find you muse. Have a great day and smell the world around you. :)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Your daily muse can come from anywhere. Literally. You might think those annoying little things like bathroom breaks are waisted time but think again. Whatever book you may be reading or were reading and stopped because you were in a writing frenzy can jumpstart your imagination. I suggest keeping a book you are reading or plan on reading in your bathroom. You've got a minute so why not? I often find inspiration for a scene just in reading a few lines of a favorite novel. So, before you take a trip to the John, grab that Stephen King novel and soon your creative juices will be flowing, no pun intended. Have a great night and an even better tomorrow.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Well tonight on twitter I gained a new follower, but I feel like I gained a whole lot more than that. Christine Rose has published traditional and indie fashion with much success. She shares her wealth of marketing knowledge in one of her books which you will find available to buy on her website for a cheap price. I'm not her promoter, but she is my daily muse. Reading her blog gave me inspiration as a budding writer. I think if good information is what you need to get you going for the day then I suggest checking out her blog. http://christinerose.wordpress.com I think you will find that she is a diamond hidden underneath ruble. When you think about what your muse is, think, can it simply be reading about the success of another? I know for me, hearing success stories can be uplifting and motivational. I think we all strive for success in some shape or form and I think you will find a good model with Christine Rose. So, for my daily muse, Christine Rose, you are it. I hope you all will find her as inspirational as I have. Have a great night :)
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Welli traveled to Detroit and the things you see from another city are invaluable. I actually saw my main character to my novel in a hotel lobby. Make sure you take everything in when your in an unfamiliar environment. The richness of the buildings, homeless people, the cab drivers and all of it even the whether a tools you can use for future book writings. It's important in your home town as well, but there is something about the way people interact and with the other tongs I mentioned are spectacular tools. For my daily muse was the decapitated buildings beside beautiful structures. Not to mention the scary looking alleys like you'd see on an episode of CSI. So to some things up everything around you can be your muse if you pay attention. Of course I didn't take my own advice and take a notepad. Too much procrastinating for the weekend trip so when I get home I'm goIng to write down as much as possible. I hope this advice you will take to heart because there is nothing like seeing new eye opening things foe the first time. ;)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
My question to you is music or no music? Getting a strong idea in you head for the next great scene my not require music or will it enhance it? I came up with a great scene the other day that I just needed to write about but the family had the television on and since I have a specific writing spot then I was at an impasse. I decided to pop in the headphones and turn on Pandora radio. After discovering that I could put in an artist I liked I found that listening to music related to the scene only made it stronger. When I wrote a romantic scene I turned on the "love songs" channel and I found that I was more inspired and wrote more passionately than without it. Plus the music kept me from hearing the family. It put me in my own little world of writing. On the opposite spectrum, complete silence can be a powerful aid in writing. It allows your mind to roam free without any distractions. Silence is less constricting when creating a scene that your not quite sure where it is going. One can also listen to music in the genre that you would like to write about and voila a scene may pop into your head.by the tune or the lyrics. So in essence what is your muse? I've found both to be effective tools in writing. So do with this information what you like, but remember a thought inspired by silence or music is only good if you get it down on paper or computer in my case.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Today was like any other busy work day. Get up way too early, late to work, the big boss shows up, you get the idea. But in all the middle of that crap out came a beautiful chapter. There is nothing like the feeling that your head is going to explode if you don't write down a thought when it comes to you. I wonder how many of you carry around a pen and paper? I've been in many spots when I wished I'd had something to write with and didn't have anything with me only to have the thought lost by the time you want to sit down and write. So take this advice. Buy a .99 cent flip notepad and have a pen or pencil in your purse. There are so many things around you everyday that you can jot down and keep for later use. Like the gray haired lady in the grocery store picking up oranges and sniffing them only to put them back and sniff some more. It's the little things that make a book colorful and great. So, don't lose precious material like I have because I felt silly carrying around a notepad. The things on that notepad might be your muse to the next great bestselling novel.