Let’s get creative!

Hello Friends!

I am not sure whether it is the extra strong coffee I consumed this morning, or I have had a new lease of inspiration, but today, I am extremely hyped to be writing.

I have been working on a huge project on and off since 2015, which all started with a dream I had. The dream was so vivid that I felt like I was really there. It has stuck in my mind ever since and I have written chapters for it and character profiles etc, but suddenly I think to myself “This is a terrible idea” or “This project is just too big for me”, but I always come back to it and I think that is a sign that it needs to be finished.

I am by no means an expert writer, everything I know I have learnt through doing, or by reading books and being inspired by other writers.

I am going to be trying out some new methods to help bring this story to full life and I want to share them with you in the hope I can inspire you, or give you new ideas. I am completely winging this, but my first idea for a new creative process just popped into my head, so this is what I am sharing with you today.

My partner had an unused cork board that he very kindly let me use. I knew I wanted to use it as inspiration for writing and with me being a bit of a scatter brain, having everything laid out in front of me, helps me process my thoughts easier.

So today I have my cork board, a supply of pencils and pens and an A5 sketch pad. With these three items, I am going to attempt to bring some of my characters to life. My idea is to use one page per character and draw on or decorate each piece of paper with the personality of said character. I am going to attempt to channel each of them and see what happens. I am not very good at drawing, but I am thinking of colour and style above all to see what my characters have to say about themselves. I will do a follow up once I have finished and show how it worked out.

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So with the aide of The Beatles playing in the background, let’s see what I can come up with. If you have any creative ideas you have found work for you, please share them and let’s get some inspiration flowing between us.

Until next time, Let’s get creative!

-Sara

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34 Comments

  1. Thinking creatively about being creative, I like it.
    If I were to write a novel (might happen one day!) I think visual prompts would be helpful, like a mood board of people, environments, etc. Photos, cuttings from magazines. Things that help turn a concept towards reality.
    Good luck x
    Karen.

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  2. I interviewed the Irish writer Marian Keyes once and she told me that she writes 1000 words a day whether she feels like it or not. On a bad day she may have to rewrite most of what she’s written but there is inevitably at least a gem or two worth salvaging and by sticking to this discipline the novel gets written 🙂

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    1. That is definitely a wise idea. I was given the advice by a writer to make sure I have a complete structure before writing, so I am trying to give this idea a middle and finish (which I mostly have now) and then onto the actual writing. 🙂

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  3. Awesome idea! I prefer to develop my characters organically, and discover their personalities as the story progresses, but I can totally understand how illustrating your character with their personality traits can help visualise and develop him/her. Scrivener has a similar Corkboard setting which I find immensely useful for outlining; it’s great to see your ideas develop little by little when the full thing threatens to get all in your face and overwhelm you with its massiveness.

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! If I was doing it, they’d be stick-figures XD

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      1. I don’t think so, it’s not an App but a full-blown piece of writing software for the PC (I think they’re branching out into i-Things too). It’s possible to include images and such, but if you’re looking for something handy and on-the-go, it’s probably not suitable 😦

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  4. Lovely, a wonderful day thus. Enjoy!
    I also just got the inspiration juice, so I wrote a second part for the revelations of a vampire earlier today and published on my new blog site. I call this a red Monday, not a blue one.

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  5. Good luck! Looking forward to the results.

    Whenever I get frustrated and feel like an unskilled amateur (which for the most part I am), I recite this quote to myself:

    “That’s all any of us are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything else.” – Charlie Chaplin

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