Leaving the characters alone this time, I thought it might be fun to talk about inspiration.
I mentioned in my first post, that the inspiration behind the "Absolution" story came from a single question:
"What if you felt so guilty about something, you ran away?"
Inspiration is a funny thing. It comes at me from all over - anywhere, anything, anytime. Once that seed is planted however, the fleshing out and actual writing of the story becomes something which needs constant nourishment. The first thrill of that "eureka!" moment fades, and you need to (well, I need to) keep up the momentum somehow.
Usually, I cast stories in my head. Having a face to put to the character helps because I'm a visual kinda girl. I'll cast actors and actresses I like, which helps me to "see" them while I write. I think a lot of writers probably do this. After all, we are control freaks, right? We control the story.
I also use music. I have an "Absolution" playlist on my iPod, and when I write, that's usually what I listen to. Sometimes I need something a little less invasive though, and that's when I flip on my "thunderstorm" on my iPod. I literally have a thunderstorm, complete with torrential rain in varying degrees, which I listen to while I write. It's like white noise - it blocks out everything else and allows my brain to roam freely (scary thought, I know). I imagine it's different for everyone, but this is what I've found works for me.
What's on my "Absolution" playlist? Well, a lot of stuff, really. Some of it might be predictable, some of it might surprise you.
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