One of my favorite writing quotes is from Victor Hugo who once said, “A writer is a world trapped in a person.”
Do you ever feel that there are numerous stories, characters, plots, dilemmas, and so much more swirling inside of you yearning to burst out?
I do. All the time. In fact, there isn’t A world trapped inside of me. There are numerous, possibly infinite, worlds trapped inside of me. Each of them calling out to be freed into this world and explored by readers like yourself.
Writing ideas and inspiration are all around us, often in the most unsuspecting of places.
Life, and thus stories, are happening all around us everyday. But we usually are so wrapped up in our own life, that we don’t notice all the other stories unfolding around us. There is an infinite source of story ideas all around us. We just need to open our eyes and imagination to them.
How do we do so?
Tomorrow, I encourage you to try a couple story discovery activities. Each day, do one or two of these (or all of them from the list below). The story discovery activities below are just a short list of activities to discover more writing ideas. I encourage you to come up with your own activities for inspiring writing ideas. Please share them in the comments below.
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Take advantage of this easy to use character sketch template to develop captivating characters your readers are drawn to quickly.
Normally, it takes time to really get to know a person. But you don’t have months or years to spend getting to know your characters before you write your story. Not if you plan on writing more than one book per decade. That’s why you need tools to help speed up the process. One of those tools is a character sketch template.
Character templates serve as helpful reminders of questions you need to ask your characters about themselves. A handy way to get to know each of your characters is to sit down for a drink with them, pull out a character sketch template, and go through the list of character details asking them to tell you about themselves.
There are plenty of character sketch templates available online, but I created my own version and organized the details in a way that makes sense to my brain. I’ve listed the contents of the character template below for you to use in your next story. I’ve also included a printer-friendly version that you can download by clicking on the download template button below.
You need to understand your characters to write characters readers will connect with and care about. Sitting down and asking your characters questions before, and while, you write your story is a great way to come to know your character on a deeper, more meaningful level. Because we have limited time, we need to focus on those questions that quickly help us get to the heart of our characters and the story.
Below are a list of questions I start with to help me focus on those aspects of my characters that have the most impact on the story. My antagonist may have a favorite dessert or movie, but rarely does that food or movie impact the story. If for some reason it does, then I’ll ask that question. But starting out with the list of questions below helps me understand the character well enough to know what other questions need to be asked.
When you ask your characters the questions below, ask follow-up questions to better understand their responses. Why do they want something or fear it? Don’t let them get away with simple answers. Dig deep and find out what’s really going on behind their answer. Imagine that you’re sitting down with a friend trying to get to know them better. Keep it conversational, rather than drilling them with twenty questions.
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If your story is located in the real world (not on another planet or a fantasy world), your readers will likely enjoy seeing where many of the locations within the story are located on a map.
If you doubt that your readers will be interested in the real locations, then you haven’t see the number of visitors who regularly visit Green Gables on Prince Edward Island (because of Anne of Green Gables), 221b Baker Street (the home of Sherlock Holmes), or Matamata, New Zealand. Don’t know where Matamata is? Few people did until Lord of the Rings was filmed there. Now fans of the book and movie travel to New Zealand to visit the Shire in person. If you haven’t seen it before, click here to view the tours.
Fire tornadoes are incredible beasts of nature’s power. Haven’t heard of them? Combine the fury of a fire storm and the power of a tornado and you get fire tornadoes, also often called firenadoes or fire whirls.
As you may have guessed, one of the reasons I began writing The Elementers book series is because I love nature and spending time in it. While much of nature is beautiful and peaceful, other aspects of nature are powerful and terrifying. Despite their destructive impact, their massive power also makes them awe-inspiring.
A great example of the terrible power of nature are fire tornadoes. If you’ve never heard of fire whirls, then you’re in for a treat.
Below are links to some fire tornadoes video clips to help you see and feel the size, force, and heat of fire whirls.
Kinetic Typography Tutorial – How to Make Kinetic Typography
Looking for a good kinetic typography tutorial? Do you need to learn how to make kinetic typography? Have you even heard of it?
Kinetic Typography is a fancy way of saying moving text. It is also a fun way to create an interesting video on just about any subject.
Rather than try and explain kinetic typography with words, I think the best option is to show some good examples of kinetic typography. Then I’ll share some of the best kinetic typography tutorials so you can then learn how to make kinetic typography.
Click on the links below to see some examples of kinetic typography.
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