Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Gone Travelling

"Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic."

This Week's Topic:
When you need creative inspiration, where do you go?

I would love to say I take a walk through a forest when I need creative inspiration, but no, I don’t.  Unsurprisingly, I hate going out (oh writers!).  Sometimes the words just don’t want to come out, and I don’t go chasing after them outside.  There actually is a “forest” by my house but I rather not go out.  (Seriously, I should make it a goal to leave my house during the summer – ugh, I just really hate the heat.)

Instead, I travel around my house.  If I get tired of my room, I move to the living room.  It has a lot of windows so I can people-watch for ideas.  If inspiration doesn’t hit, I’ll move to the kitchen (which has a window too, yippee!). 

If moving around my house don’t help, I can always fall back on music.  I use music only for ideas not for writing.  If I listen to music while I write, I have to karaoke.  I try to not sing, I do, I swear, but then I start belting it out.  When I need inspiration, music does help though.  The creative juices start flowing and I start seeing light bulbs everywhere.

When I need inspiration for my main series, I listen to Alesana*.  They’re one of my favorite bands.  Their first album, On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax, is based on Greek and Roman mythology, their second, Where Myth Fades to Legend, is based on fairy tales, and their third, The Emptiness, is a concept album, very a la Edgar Allan Poe.  Their lyrics are poetic and crazy so I always get lots of ideas.

If music doesn’t help, I know it’s time to stop trying.  I’ll watch tv or go on youtube (I love watching Vampire Diaries videos).  Once I’ve stopped trying to get ideas, they start forming.

What about everyone else?  Where do you go?


  1. Going room to room is as good as it gets for me as well. great post. Thanks for sharing

  2. I find that I need to change rooms as well. i just need to make sure they're unoccupied by kids!