How I Write #1: Inspiration

So, here we are, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the thing I’ve been promising you for a while, the first in the series of posts where I tell you how I write. AND WHY ARE YOU SO HYPED FOR THIS THING THAT DOESN’T NECESSARILY APPLY TO YOU, AND MAY BE COMPLETELY USELESS TO YOU BECAUSE MY WRITING STYLE DOESN’T WORK FOR YOU? Because I used telepathy to make you so!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Anyway, on to the show: HOW I WRITE!!!!

And the lesson for today is *slide drops down and I read off of it* How To Get Kitten To Stop Talking. Oh wait, no, wrong slide. Heh heh. One sec, I’ll fix it *runs off behind screen. You hear lots of banging and shouting. I finally come back out.* Heh heh, that should do it. *Slide is replaced, and I read to the proper show title.*

Anyway, what I’m going talk about today is where I start off with my stories — the inspiration, I guess you’d call it.

Normally I start off by my mind wandering off and running into a scene. The scene could be anywhere from the story: the beginning, the climax, anywhere in between, and (though this one is probably the rarest) the very end, when everything’s cooling off. Other times, it’s a character that my mind meets, someone who intrigues me, perhaps they have a sad and dark background, or are under-adventurous, or overly so, or anything.

Either way, if it’s something that draws me in, I’ll bring it back to the real world with me, or at least remember where it lives. Then as time goes on, I’ll come up with a story for this scene or character, something that will allow me to use this new friend.

That done, I start writing. Whether I start with my scene or not, I start writing, and the story supposedly becomes the new home for that scene or character. Well, assuming it keeps me intrigued enough that another one doesn’t come and barge in and make me want to write its story instead… Heh heh.

Well, that was a very… interesting edition. But like I said, this isn’t a serious writing tutorial, because of two things:

  • There’s way too many out there already. I don’t really need to make one, I’m just doing it for fun.
  • And also, you have to find your own style of writing. I can only give you tips, and like I said, I’m mostly doing this for fun.

Now, for an example of what I mean by this lesson:

In my NaNo story, the inspiration for it came from a scene, in which… well, it was an interesting scene that made me want to know how those characters got there, and where they were going. So I set to work. I haven’t actually gotten to that scene yet, and by the time I do, it will probably have changed, but that’s where it started.


  1. Judging from how long it took you to get to the point in this post, you’re pretty good at the “mind wandering off” part. 🙂 But then, I already knew that!

    When do we get your next writing tip?


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