Friday, February 3, 2017

Inspiration and How to Get It (or Beating Writer’s Block)

by Anna del C. Dye @AnnaDelC
Indie Author Hub Member
 

Inspiration is an integral part of the writing process, without it you are stuck. I don’t have a lot of problems with inspiration; it seems to overrun my mind. However, once I started a book with giant eagles and was so busy with promoting my published books that a year went by. When I tried to continue writing it, I wasn’t sure what to write. So, I watched a movie about eagles and went to an eagle presentation in the aviary and asked some questions and I was on my way again.

Watching movies on the subject you are writing will help with ideas. Have a notepad when you watch anything. You never know when a face, a place or a scene will spark an idea.

Watching a documentary on something that pertains to your book will also help.

Read books and magazines in your subject. You can use them for free from the library.

Google the theme you are going to write about and see what ideas you get.

Visit author’s blogs and read about writing.

Be a people watcher (without staring.) It is amazing what people do or say, that may inspire you.

Music can be an inspiration by itself. I wrote a romance novel while I listened to my favorite romantic music. My fingers couldn’t go fast enough for my brain.

Fine arts or a museum could help to start the creative juices. The color and the scenes portrayed in paintings are inspiring.

Watch children at play. They do and say the cutest things and have great imaginations.

Now go, and happy writings to you…

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Shared with us from Anna's blog.

Anna was born in the extreme South. She loves reading, but had few opportunities to do so while growing up. As a young woman, she moved North to marry Rodney Dye and has resided in Utah since then. They are the parents of three princes and a princess. With her husband and his family she has had the opportunity of traveling to many of the United States, (most of them camping!) and to four other countries. She would like to visit castles in European countries. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and understands Portuguese.

After she married, Anna was introduced to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books that she admits to having collected. A number of years ago she was introduced to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and to J. K.Rowling's writings, which she loves. She also loves romantic music (she listens to it every day), theatrical plays that she attends at least six times a year, and cats (when they are not shedding).

Anna wears her dresses down to her ankles and likes them to be very feminine, with lace being one of her favorite trimmings. "I am afraid that I do not follow fashions," she has said. "I wear what I like."

You can find Anna on her website, her profile on FaceBook, and on Twitter at @AnnaDelC.

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