As a writer, one encounters many twists and turns, not only in the stories one writes, but also in one’s personal writing journey. A writer isn’t a person who just sits at a desk and writes from 9 to 5. A writer is a person who has no fixed timings, and harbors the capability to stand, sit, or even levitate anywhere to get the writing job done.
Creating alternative worlds, and portraying realistic characters, places, objects, and emotions isn’t a job for the faint-hearted. WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHO, WHY, and HOW are some of the questions that have to be answered with conviction during the drafting of a story. Readers are an intellectual species, and they definitely want to be treated with respect.
If you try to pull a fast one by just throwing together some random ideas, and then dressing them up in some fancy words, you’re asking for a punch in the face.
So what does it really take to keep the writer in you ALIVE & KICKING?
Here are some ways to wake, shake, and bake the writer in you.
Talking to yourself is a great way to develop character ideas. It also helps you come up with some great dialogues. Just think of yourself in a particular situation, maybe something that you’re working on in your new story or book, and start babbling away. It’ll take some time and getting used to, but before you know it you’ll be able to put your fabricated conversations to good use in your work.
It’s any easy way of picking up story ideas, and imagining scenes based on the lyrics and tempo of the music. Creativity can flow in any direction and take up any shape it wants. Get the creative juices flowing with any song that pleases your ear.
Just don’t watch a movie for the sake of watching it, and to kill some free time. Watch a movie like a tutorial that’s providing you with story ideas, dialogues, scene depictions, and character profiles. A movie is a powerful creative medium, and can be very helpful for writers of any genre. If you’re a comic book writer, then movies are definitely your cup of tea.
‘People watching’ is a great way to gather ideas for characters. You can get some great tips on how your characters should look, walk, talk, sit, stand, eat, sleep, and even yawn. A plethora of information is just waiting to be discovered when you step out into a world filled with people. Shakespeare didn’t just say that ‘all the world’s a stage’ for nothing.
Sitting and staring at a wall is one of the most boring and toughest things to do. Initially, you’ll keep asking yourself…why you’re doing something so ridiculous. But after a few tries, you’ll realize that a blank wall is like a blank canvas. And your mind is the paintbrush that’s just waiting to unleash some vibrant colors. It’s another way of meditating without freaking yourself out about the ‘right way’ to meditate. You’ll be quite surprised with the amount of thoughts and ideas that begin sprinting through your mind.
Now get to work and put these tips to use.
You’re in this world to WRITE, and anything that helps you do so is RIGHT!!