It’s November and many of you are probably participating in the NaNoWriMo. I am as well. And so far, I’m not off to a very good start sitting at just a little over 3,000 words. Granted, my actual goal for this project isn’t to write 50k but 12k words so if I take that into consideration I’m actually right on par.
I’ve been doing NaNo on and off since 2008, and with each of them I tend to run out of steam in the next week or so.
The dreaded “muddle middle.”
Finding Inspiration To Keep It Going
The key is not to give up on the story, but find inspiration to jump start the writing process. Here are a few that I’ve used:
!. Create a playlist or soundtrack of your novel. This works for me nearly every time. You can use You Tube or Apple Music to set up a playlist. Pandora is another good one. I use mainly You Tube. What about you?
2. If your story was to be made into a movie, which actors/actresses would you want to play the parts of your main characters? I am in the process of doing this for my NaNo project. I will post on this later.
3. Pick one or more characters and interview them. Sometime it’s just a matter of getting to know your main characters better that will jump start the creative juice.
4. Create a trailer for your project. I love doing this! I use Kizoa to create trailers for various projects. This can help you flesh out the major plot/character arcs of your story.
Now, what about you? What methods do you use for inspiration?