Today, for their Road Trip Wednesday question for bloggers, YA Highway asked: When you need creative inspiration, where do you go?
Here's my top 5 places to get ideas:
- The shower. Something about standing in the shower actives all kinds of idea-making abilities. Scenes suddenly click and come to life, and I then have to spend the whole shower trying to remember them until I can find a notepad and write them down.
- The night. I'm a night owl, doing most of my work at night, and if writer's block s running on high there's no better cure than going out to see a bit of the outside world in the evening. Stars, sea and sand... along with a healthy dose of fresh air. Works wonders.
- Music. I use music as a stepping stone to active the right 'moods'. If I need anger, bitterness, hope or desperation I've got a track kicking around somewhere to get me in the right headspace. Or if I'm stuck music makes the perfect brainstorm tool -- I just listen to random songs and think about the stories behind them.
- Working on something else. If I get stuck with one project, I'll jump to another to take a breather. Sometimes this just means jumping from one book-in-progress to another, but other days this might mean blogging, sketching, painting, or just doing housework.
- Other creative works. Books, video games, TV shows, movies... all of this feeds into my creativity, and sometimes when my ideas are running low I just need a dose of other people's creativity to reignite that spark. And even just giving my brain some mindless downtime with a TV series or game allows it to keep ticking over problems and work them out in the background.