This time I want a good friend of mine to talk about inspiration and creative writing. Lisa Wakely is one of the most creative people I know – always starring in a theatre play or musical or writing her novel. In this blog post she is sharing her story and how she gets inspired. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter:
I’ve always been creative with my imagination ever since I was a child and read many books. I began writing for myself at the age of 12 and it only occurred to me ten years ago that I should share my passion with others. Being a writer is fun, enjoyable and most of all rewarding. Who wouldn’t want to get drawn into another world, perhaps a world you’ve always dreamt of visiting, where all your thoughts and ideas are brought to life by your protagonists? I’ve always loved history, so setting my book in a 17th-century village really brought that era alive for me. I regularly use the internet and various history books to keep the facts realistic, but also to imagine the sights, smells and costumes from that period in time.
Inspiration doesn’t always come when I’m waiting for it, but most of the time, unexpectedly – when I’m driving to work, sitting at my desk, watching TV, lying in bed at night and even observing other people.
I’m constantly taking notes on my phone memo and now I have a huge list of ideas to add to my story. A lot of my life experiences have made some kind of appearance in my book, either through my characters or general events and I then work my novel plot around this. I created my main characters when I first began writing and they’ve now become fully-fledged individuals over the years. Sometimes I see a quality of a person’s personality – a certain word, joke, laugh, action – that I believe would a make great feature for one of my characters. Even those people I may not regard as highly as others can make fantastic characters!
As a writer, I’m constantly on the look-out for new ideas and if it means travelling several miles to get these ideas, then travelling is what I would do, despite it using up my holiday allowance at work! A number of people have told me that they’ve always wished to write, but wouldn’t know where to start. My advice would be – sit yourself in front of a laptop or a writing pad and just let your imagination take control. Before you know it, new people will begin forming in your mind and guiding you to places you’ve never been before. Just always remember that you are the author – you tell the characters what to do, not the other way around!