Let's find Inspiration

Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/K.Getman, E.Feigelson, M.Kuhn and the MYStIX team; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/K.Getman, E.Feigelson, M.Kuhn and the MYStIX team; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

My inspiration often comes from visual storytelling. When I get an idea for a story, it appears in my mind as an image or a scene. It always begins with an image. Then it continues to evolve into a series of images. 

Music definitely plays a prominent role. I mostly listen to film soundtracks when I'm writing. This is a genre very much driven by raw emotions. It gives me the perfect sonic background to inspire those deep feelings to come out of me onto the page.  It's all a bit sentimental I confess. Depending on the scene I need to write, I always have a fitting soundtrack to listen to. Music can both inspire something new, while also empower an idea already in my head. 

Finding inspiration can also be much a more extrovert process. It can come from really anywhere. Just having a normal conversation with my wife, or watch my son interact with the world even, can kindle an idea. It may sound silly, but seeing how my almost 10-month-old son discovers the world, is reminiscent of the  unspoilt creativity we so fervently want to keep alive. As a writer, it's this childlike susceptibility, which is at the heart of my passion for storytelling. 

Want to find inspiration? Watch a film you really like. Read your favourite novel again. Listen to your favourite music. Go out and take a walk in nature , your neighborhood, or the city. We all have different needs and preferences. Some get inspired by the hustle and bustle of great metropolises, while others rather find a place of tranquility on the beach or in a forest. 

Only recently I started with the habit of keeping a small notebook. I know that it's unusual for most writers to survive without notebooks for as long as I did. Too often I never read what I had written. In the future I intend to track my ideas with more structure.

Do you keep notebooks? Do you jot down ideas through other means? 

How do you find inspiration?