Writing a book is a monumental task that involves a lot of different components and a huge amount of motivation. If you’re driven to write a book, then it can be one of the most fulfilling things that you’ll ever do in life. A book is almost like a collection of your values, memories, thoughts, and experiences. You can really get a sense of the life that an author lived through their writing, and you can tell stories that can really have an impact on other people’s lives.
Of course, not every book is a massive hit. Even some of the biggest authors in the world have written awful stories once in a while. But how exactly would you get started? Where do you begin with something like writing? In most cases, it’s all about inspiration.
Follow some of your favorite authors
Have you ever met some of your favorite authors? Perhaps there will be an opportunity to go to a book signing at some point, or maybe you’re interested in attending a reading where your favorite author will be present. They could even be on social media and they might be more than happy to speak with their fans and engage with people on different platforms. Authors are surprisingly open at times–even the ones with millions of fans around the world.
Think about some of the questions you’d ask or things you’d say, such as “reasons why I love your book and how it inspired me”, or “how did you come up with such a unique setting?”. Engaging with authors, or even looking at their interactions with others, can often give you a little peek into their life to see where they draw inspiration from. You may even learn to appreciate some of the quirks an author has and you could get a better understanding of why their stories share similar ideas.
Experience more stories
People usually suggest that you have to read more books in order to get more ideas for your writing. This isn’t necessarily true. However, it’s definitely a good idea to experience different kinds of stories if you want to build up more ideas for your own. Just remember that no idea is ever fully original and there are plenty of ways to mix and match different things you’ve experienced to create your very own original ideas. There’s really no shame in doing things this way as we as human beings are a collection of different experiences and memories. You’ll find that nothing creative is ever completely original and you can always trace back to the things that inspired an artist.
So don’t just read great books. Watch fantastic movies, watch rubbish movies, play video games and experience their stories, and talk to others and listen to what they have to say. Collecting information like this is a key aspect of building up a bank of ideas to inspire you when creating your own stories. It’s essential for building different characters, creating a unique world, and keeping your ideas fresh.