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Music as Inspiration (and Some News)

Music has always been an integral part of my creative process. I’ve gotten more than a few story ideas from song lyrics. And whenever I start on a new project, I come up with a playlist of sorts that I use to get me in the mood to write. Usually, these are the songs I listen to while I’m in the shower (’cause that’s also where I get my best ideas). I’ll listen to the same eight to ten songs for the entire writing and revising process. (more…)

NaNoWriMo Countdown: The Temptation to Wing It

So here we are, with less than 72 hours to go before the start of NaNoWriMo 2010. And I’m still not sure what I’m going to write about.

There’s the rewrite of the story from NaNoWriMo 2008. That’s what I planned on doing all along. But now I’m wondering if the only reason I wanted to write that one was because it won in 2008, so I feel like it has a better shot at winning this year.

The second option is a story that’s sort of semi-autobiographical, but set on a generation starship traveling millions of light years from earth. I came up with the idea for this one over the summer, and have been sort of half-thinking about it ever since.

And then there’s this other one that’s been nagging me, about four friends on a road trip together before (or maybe right after) their last year of college.

There are pros and cons to each of the above. I wonder if the first one shouldn’t be done in a more methodical manner, since it’s fully outlined and I’ve technically written it before. It kind of feels like that would be a good idea. Part of the fun of NaNoWriMo is getting crazy with your story. The first one leaves little room for getting crazy.

The second one has a ton of potential to get crazy, but it’s also more of a hard sci-fi story. I’ve never written hard sci-fi. It’s kind of intimidating. And generation ships present so many potential technological pitfalls and impossibilities that it’s pretty intimidating. But maybe I can just gloss over those parts and come back to them and make sure everything works in the editing phase.

The third one is one that I’m still very unsure about. That could work in my favor or not. I have a general idea of the story, but I’m not sure where it would fit, genre-wise (maybe YA if I changed the ages and made them a bit younger, maybe lit fic, maybe something else). I’m also afraid this one might turn out to be more of a novella, and if the point of NaNo this year is to write 50k words, that could be a problem. Then again, I could always finish the novella (if that’s what it turns out to be) and then start something else to meet the 50k goal.

Honestly, I’ll probably make up my mind Sunday night or first thing Monday morning and then just go with it. Or I’ll have a complete meltdown.

Who else out there still isn’t sure what they’re going to write for NaNo and is thinking about just winging it? Anyone?

Hello?

NaNoWriMo Countdown: Crisis of Confidence

This happens to me every year. I get close to the start of NaNoWriMo and start to doubt my idea. Despite the fact I’ve done loads of planning and have my idea all sketched out, I start to wonder if it’s the right idea for NaNo. What if I lose momentum on it? What if it bores me? What if it sucks?

Okay, that last one doesn’t usually bother me. There are two reasons for this: I’ve been writing for a long time and while not everything I write is good, I’ve gotten better about not writing stuff that sucks. The other reason is that it’s NaNoWriMo; it’s completely okay if it sucks. (more…)

Visual Writing Prompt #105

Visual stimulation can be a great way to get your creative gears turning. That’s one reason I love looking through photos when I’m brainstorming new story ideas. Every (well, most) Monday, Wednesday and Friday I’ll be posting an image to help inspire other writers.

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Visual Writing Prompt #104

Visual stimulation can be a great way to get your creative gears turning. That’s one reason I love looking through photos when I’m brainstorming new story ideas. Every (well, most) Monday, Wednesday and Friday I’ll be posting an image to help inspire other writers.

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Visual Writing Prompt #103

Visual stimulation can be a great way to get your creative gears turning. That’s one reason I love looking through photos when I’m brainstorming new story ideas. Every (well, most) Monday, Wednesday and Friday I’ll be posting an image to help inspire other writers.

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Visual Writing Prompt #102

Visual stimulation can be a great way to get your creative gears turning. That’s one reason I love looking through photos when I’m brainstorming new story ideas. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I’ll be posting an image to help inspire other writers.

If you’d like to share what the image below inspires you to write, please do so in the comments! (more…)

Visual Writing Propmt #101

Visual stimulation can be a great way to get your creative gears turning. That’s one reason I love looking through photos when I’m brainstorming new story ideas. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I’ll be posting an image to help inspire other writers.

If you’d like to share what the image below inspires you to write, please do so in the comments!

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Visual Writing Prompt #100

Starting this week, I’ll only be publishing visual writing prompts (still on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), and am discontinuing the classical writing prompts for the foreseeable future, due to a much busier schedule on my part.

If you’d like to share what the image below inspires you to write, please do so in the comments! (more…)

Visual Writing Prompt #98

Starting this week, I’ll only be publishing visual writing prompts (still on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), and am discontinuing the classical writing prompts for the foreseeable future, due to a much busier schedule on my part.

If you’d like to share what the image below inspires you to write, please do so in the comments! (more…)