Have you ever wondered how authors come up with ideas for stories? I have and it dawned on me one day as I took a look at my own writings and ideas. I write what I am familiar with. If you knew me well you could probably see some relation or connections between what I write and me. When people tell me they are having a hard time coming up with something to write the first advice I give them is to “Write what you know about.” That way the writing flows from a wealth of information. After some exploration I expanded that advice to include “Write freely your opinion, emotion, and view of what you believe. Do it with such power and vigor and in it a story is born.”
Impressions from your Life
As I reflect on my past, I notice the impressions it left on me today. In my writings you will be sure to find elements of discovery, truth, a hint of mystery, and tragedy. Though I haven’t always seen it in such away, I view these left behind bread crumbs as inspiration to help me create stories. I added meaning and answered questions that were left adrift. It’s funny how it almost happens without realization. You sit down to write and your thoughts take you to a place where you are filing in the gaps and rewriting a story you are very familiar with. Your life experiences leave enough of an impression that leads and directs your future life. Experiences from the past gives us writers the opportunity to rewrite the story our way.
Curiosity and Fantasy
Stories are born from curiosity and fantasy. As a child I used to like to draw underground houses. I used to daydream about what it would like to live in one. I even narrated stories during play time about the made up character’s life in the underground house. Your imagination is a tool that you have at your disposal every time you sit down to think about writing. Fantasy is the result from using your imagination and can be constructed into a story. Where would we be as writers if we could not stretch things just a bit or tell a story that only happens in the depths of our imagination. Readers would not be entertained and we writers would be suffocating on creativity.
The World around Us
The world around us provides a rich selection of stories. We have family and friends that have had their own experiences and are willing to share them. Stories are also born from bits and pieces of news, conversations we hear, things we see, and nature we observe. Story construction is a creative process that writers practice each time they sit down to brainstorm and outline their story. Stories are born from something as simple as seeing a balloon float in the air. When you are open to being inspired the world and its contents give life to your thoughts. With just the right words and conjured emotion something enjoyable can be given to entertain those who enjoy the written word.
To write a story takes discipline. It involves brainstorming, planning but most of all determination to complete the task. Be assured we all get hung up at different parts of the process from time to time. With practice observing the world around us and being aware of your contribution to the story you will always have a story born.