There are SO many places people find inspiration. I’m not one for dreams myself. Instead, these are the places that I draw inspiration from:
Tumblr is amazing. I’ve learnt so much from it, and it also has some really amazing artists and writers. Here’s one picture I found on Tumblr that I thought was fantastic:
2) Basically the internet in general
I spend a LOT of time on the internet. And I tend to stumble across awesome things fairly often.
Seriously. The people around me at school, the things I learn in class, the teachers I have…all of them are so influential to my writing. For instance, the other day in English I wrote this, which I kind of like:
The Yellow Brick Road to Wonderland crumbled as the wind whipped through the teacup trees. Alice’s yellow hair flew in front of her face just as Toto started barking; just as the White Rabbit’s waistcoat disappeared. There was nothing to be done. This time Dorothy couldn’t click her heels to return home. Memories rushed between them as they grasped each other’s hands, petrified into stillness as their shared world collapsed around them. The teacups came loose from the trees, shattering on the Yellow Brick Road, which even now was rolling into itself. The Cheshire Cat grinned and left his ghostly smile as the Wicked Witch of the West cackled.
But that was before.
As you may be able to guess, that was inspired from the above picture. The Alice and Dorothy one, not glorious internet dude.
I’ve talked recently about why part-time jobs rock, but basically: eavesdropping rules. And it’s a different environment, which means different ideas.
Do you ever listen to a song and you’re like, DUDE, I am feeling all the feels from this song???
I do. Sometimes when we’re listening to the radio in the car, I look out the window and pretend I’m in this really profound music video. It’s great fun, and sometimes the emotions in songs really bring out the writer in me.
6) True stories
I’m a big fan of true stories. There are awful stories and beautiful stories, and it always astounds me how terrible and amazing our world is. After all, truth is stranger than fiction.
7) Writing dares on the NaNoWriMo site
You can find some of them here. Lots of them are really great, and helped me during NaNoWriMo both in 2012 and 2013.
For example, the first picture in this blog post. Also one like this:
Art and music both evoke images that words often can’t.
9) Repetitive tasks
When I’m hanging out washing, or unstacking the dishwasher, or cooking dinner, often I get my best ideas. Why? Because the repetitive nature of these things means that my mind is free to wander. And usually, it’s wandering in the direction of an awesome plot bunny.
(I may have become sidetracked by this gif as I was trying to write this post. It’s great, yeah? It’s by Turkish artist Erdal Inci if you were wondering. Probably not)
Of course! Where would us writers be without books? Whether it’s inspiration for an idea of your own, or simply inspiration to write at all, books are unparalleled. Old fairytales provide a great basis for a story. Newer ideas can provide a new thought or take on something. And we love them for it. Don’t we? Oh, and side note, this gif is from Harry Potter. And this wizard dude is not only using magic without a wand, he’s also READING A STEPHEN HAWKING BOOK. How awesome is that?
How about you? Where do you find ideas?