Hey, guys! Shade Rachea here with the next blog post. If you haven't already guessed from the title, today's blog post is about inspiration. Some people refer to inspiration by other means such as their muse, what lights their fuse, or what turns on their lightbulb. These are but a few examples but you get my drift. I personally never refer to inspiration as any of these but I know many who do and that's good for them. Anyways, for today, let's talk about what inspiration is and how I get it. Now, keep in mind, all of this is subjective since inspiration is perceived and received differently depending on the individual.
That being said, what is inspiration? Inspiration is that spark that ignites the fires in my head, allowing me to construct a stream of ideas and words to put on paper and form into something whole and cohesive. Inspiration is often times the driving factor that gets me writing when I'm experiencing writer's block. (Side note: Writer's Block is next week's topic.) What inspiration is not, is your actual talent. What I mean by this is that, as the creator inspiration isn't always accessible and we are often times forced to work without thus proving that it is really us who creates not inspiration. Make sense? Good. Inspiration is just something that can get you out of a funk and help you create something new. Nothing more and nothing less.
So, the next question is, how do I get inspiration? This one is tricky because there aren't any clear cut ways as to how one acquires inspiration. Sometimes it just comes upon you like an unexpected wave. Other times, music, movies, and books play a tremendous part in inspiring me. I could be listening to Dan + Shay and get inspired on a new scene for my book even though their music is unrelated to fantasy or I could be watching The Lord of the Rings and come up with a way to continue the story. Same thing with books. Reading other books in the YA fantasy genre or just reading period sometimes inspires me and helps me to churn out new material. But, if I had to boil it down to one way to get inspiration, I would say it's through dialogue.
Dialogue is one of the key components in writing. It helps establish your voice in your work and allows you to convey the feelings and thoughts of your characters when exposition isn't used. When I listen to others converse, it gives me ideas on how to differentiate between my characters and how each of them talk. Dialogue also sparks ideas on how to write new fight scenes and encounters, acting as the main driving force. Though I get inspiration from a plethora of things, random or not, dialogue is the most consistent way I get inspiration.
So, you've heard my take on inspiration and how I get it, now tell me yours. How do you define inspiration? How do you get it? Comment down below and let me know! I'll see you next week for the blog post on Writer's Block. Until then, come back Sunday for my next Book Review.
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A contrarian at heart. I prefer The Lord of the Rings over Harry Potter and Narnia. I love Country Music and John Hughes movies and am the worst at singing the correct lyrics.