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Objects and places have a way of influencing art. They can inspire the best in us.
Sometimes I drive into work and I see this burned out sort of house thing that is propped up on stilts, just off the West Side Highway. The stilts protrude from the water. I believe around 90th street.
It’s strange. But looking at this structure, I can see a story, characters. A recluse vampire, or a being who does not want to be seen by the public.
I don’t have to write the story down to feel it inside, as though it has taken place. That character is waiting there, hiding within, behind the doorway, peeking out now and again. He/she is waiting for me to flesh out their tale.
I can see it all, now to just get it on paper the way I witness it in my mind, so readers can see it the same way.
Not too easy, but it’s possible.
Though, isn’t it funny how just looking at something, or being somewhere specific can bring these feelings and visuals to you? They scream out to tell the story they invoke. The characters c…
So I've been trying something. It's a mix of a few things I've said on here, just doing it, meaning writing (or insert anything creative you are going for).
I was talking to a writer friend of mine, Gary Buller, and we were discussing another writer who puts out stories at a pretty fast clip. He mentioned that they try to write a story a day. I've heard about some who do this, the level of polish depends on the writer, but I've heard of it. Then I thought, what if I apply this every time I get a thought. Instead of just letting the idea get away like usual, I'll act on it and push out a full story, good or bad. So far the results gave been pretty good. I've noticed that stale thoughts are being emptied, making way for new ones. New techniques are being thought up, and I have more room after the purge to think up new ideas. What I do is grab any device closest: phone, laptop, work computer (if you have access to one at your job) and get down the story. No hesi…
I was reading this article in Publishers Weekly, http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/shelftalker/?p=29567#more-29567 and thought of my recent trip to the local Barnes and Noble with my wife and daughter. I love going to the book store. And they do well to entice would-be readers to pick up a book. The feeling is profound, just thinking about all the stories waiting to be read, all with the best special effects money can't buy. Sometimes the thought seems more appealing than the actual reading, almost the same with writing now that I think about it. I'm glad my daughter is picking up on chapter books, maybe she'll want to test her ideas and write stories like her dad. One book series that really gets kids going are the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. She loves them. I'd pointed them out in the book store and we tried one, just to make sure, and that was it. It's almost as if she skipped a few reading levels from what she had been reading. I can't wait for the day wh…