August 4, 2012

Be Inspired by the World Around You

Filed under: Uncategorized — nascentnovelist @ 10:18 am
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Summer is going strong, and my over-active imagination is running in different directions. Story ideas still flood my brain, but they’re more like half-baked cookies: not ready to eat yet. But I take pictures to remind me of the stories I’m going to tell.

How do you gather ideas when you don’t have the bandwidth to explore them immediately?



  1. When I get ideas I’m mostly concerned with that particular fleeting emotion. So I try to capture it as intensely as I possibly can in one paragraph. It’s very wordy, grammatically incorrect and ‘bad’ in the general sense of writing, but it serves as a beautiful raw essence of that moment. It is also very cathartic to write something just for your own pleasure without the nagging critic in your mind.
    This reminds I need to collect all of the scraps into a place… I’ll do that……. tomorrow.. yes… Tomorrow…

    Comment by Björn — August 4, 2012 @ 10:57 am | Reply

    • Nice! I do that sometimes too. But I like to capture the image in a photo as well. It keeps my mind fresh for those not quite right descriptions.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 4, 2012 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  2. Photography can be a great way to capture an idea—if I remember to take a photo! Otherwise, I try to jot down the idea as best I can, hoping it will be enough to remind me of the feelings it evoked.,..

    Comment by jmmcdowell — August 4, 2012 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

    • To be honest, that’s probably a better approach. I’m better at capturing feelings through words than through my camera phone. Still, when the notebook is far away…

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 5, 2012 @ 1:07 am | Reply

  3. I sometimes capture a character or story thought inside a twitter fic. I used to just tattoo story ideas to my body…but that got messy…

    Comment by scrivnomancer — August 5, 2012 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, you can only really do that 20-30 times.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — August 5, 2012 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

      • If you’re a Hollywood screenwriter, that’s all you need!

        Comment by cgmonkey — October 5, 2012 @ 9:31 am

  4. I keep a file with 1 lines to 1 page of notes on whatever the idea was. 🙂 Usually they are transposed from post-its and napkins. 😉

    Comment by Kourtney Heintz — October 4, 2012 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

    • As I moved out of my apartment, I found a bunch of those. Half-forgotten lines scrambled down on the backsides of receipts and napkins. Was some good stuff there too!

      Comment by nascentnovelist — October 4, 2012 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

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