No matter what you’re working on, it’s important to stay inspired and excited about it. This, I think, is especially true when writing a book because it takes a long time – and is especially true for someone like me, who becomes frustrated and distracted easily.
I find it very important to have ready sources of inspiration when working on a project – whether it be a movie, a piece of artwork, music, or some sort of writing talisman that reminds me to keep going. These things are important.
Here are a few things that I have been using lately to keep me going with Nevermor.
Taylor Swift – (or more accurately, the music video for Safe and Sound)
I’m a visual sort of person. When I write, I am describing what I see in my mind. I’m not just writing words, I’m painting an image with them, and it’s my goal to describe it in a way that makes the readers see what I see. If I can’t see it, then I don’t have very much to write about, so I often turn to movies and pictures for inspiration.
With that, I often choose people to represent my characters, and though I don’t usually like to tell my readers who those are (I like you to picture them as you want to, not what I tell you) this one is pretty much given by now.
She was not my initial inspiration when I created Wendy, because back when I first wrote Forsaken Dreamscape, she wasn’t famous yet. Sometimes after I create a character, I’ll run across an image of some actor and it will click and I’ll go “There they are!” This happened for me the last time I edited Forsaken Dreamscape in December. I knew what Wendy looked like, but she was mostly words on the page without an image to go with them. I don’t remember how I landed on Taylor. It may have been an ad for her perfume when I was walking through the mall. But I do remember that when I saw her, I knew she was Wendy – and now she is Wren. She has this lovely innocent and sweet look to her that I really love. I think she really has the right kind of beauty, so I decided to fixate on her.
So, now that she had been picked and I was going to work on Nevermor, I googled images of her for my collection, and while I was doing that, I came across this image:
I had to stop. OMG where did this come from?? I found out it was from the video for Safe and Sound. I already liked the song but hadn’t seen the video. I downloaded it promptly and have been watching it for inspiration since. Even though it’s for Hunger Games, it has a great, desolate feeling. And of course we have Taylor Swift in a nice gown-type dress with very little makeup. Perfect.
Peter Pan, of course – but only the book. not any of the movies
One of the first things I did was reread Peter Pan, but I have avoided watching any adaptations of it on film. While I like that sort of thing, I tend to steer clear of other retellings at times, because I don’t want to be too affected by something that has already been done. I still want this version of the base story to be completely unique, and even now there are a lot of similarities, but there are many differences too.
Other Books I’ve been thinking about: Lord of the Flies and Where the Wild Things Are
I started out reading Lord of the Flies, but haven’t gotten through it yet. I’ve never read it before, but I do know what it’s about. It was quickly evident to me that there were very strong correlations between it and Peter Pan. It explores the themes in a different way, however, and I really hope to do some of that myself. I want to finish it if I can find the time. Likewise, though also a children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are captures that essence of being wild and having no rules. (I always loved that book.) Even though Rifter and the boys are not children, I still hope to capture those ideas.
I mentioned before that I always have music for writing – though not all of it can be used for when I’m trying to put the words on the page. For Nevermor, I have two playlists now: One that’s upbeat which I can use to imagine action scenes, and another one that’s a bit mellow so that I can listen in the background while writing. Possibly because of Safe and Sound and The Civil Wars, this second one has taken on a folk/country vibe, and I swear I do not even like country! (Not popular country, anyway)
A few writing Talismans:
I have my Project Nevermor mug now, so that’s pretty fun. I can have my coffee and look at it to remind myself that the project is real, and that I have to keep going! Also, the blog works well for that too. Involving all of you in this project makes me want to press on, or else risk having you all bug me about where I went. :p Usually, I also like to have a fresh new notebook and new pens to write with for when I decide to go away from the computer. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. And for NaNo, I usually paint my fingernails some odd color and wear a pair of dark purple hand warmers. It just helps me remember that it’s time to get down to business!
And of course, unmentioned are the images I created for the book covers, and I’ve also looked up a few to get ideas for the fantasy world.
So, that takes care of my blog post for the day. I intend to hit 40k today, and I’m not too far from it! Think I can hit 50k in 10 days before NaNo starts? We’ll see!