Hello again! I am going to level with you all today…I am obsessed with stories.
I often go through phases of binging on different kinds of storytelling. When I was a lot younger, I voraciously went through every book I could get my hands on. When I got a television in my room at 16? I stalked the TV guide for anything even remotely interesting, and I don’t remember much outside of this for a good two weeks. When I had full access to the internet? I found the wonders of fanfiction and angsty poetry. RPG video games have been a newer fixation. I stay away from them as much as possible, though. So addicting!
When none of this satisfied me, I would create my own stories! Haphazardly with absolutely no direction, I would write short stories, fanfiction, scripts, journal posts, character profiles, and on and on…
When I’m not able to do this–which is most of the time–I stare off into space and daydream about stories. My favorite pastime, to be honest.
Stories Inspire Me
When I get a case of writer’s block, it is never a complete loss for me. Who doesn’t love an excuse to watch way too many episodes of their favorite guilty pleasure? It’s more like a learning experience than a stall point. Sometimes I’m able to push myself and just write through it, but most of the time I have to look for inspiration elsewhere.
My WIP novel is a dark series about two sisters with strange gifts taking on paranormal and supernatural beasts. Even when I’m on a roll, I sometimes need a break because of how heavy the story can get. When there’s a writing rut, and I’m actively looking for a way out, I immerse myself in related stories.
When I’m at a standstill with research, when I can’t find anything ghastly and gross enough on Pinterest: I turn on the television. Sometimes I will grab a book, but I’m trying to get better at finishing the ones I start first! These are examples of stories that tend to play on repeat in this household:
TV Shows: Salem, Supernatural, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Hannibal, Sense8, Constantine
Movies: Constantine, Fallen, Pan’s Labyrinth, 13 Ghosts, Practical Magic
Books: Angel Sanctuary by Kaori Yuki, Stiff by Mary Roach, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Also, all of the 3-star gruesome documentaries!
Some of these aren’t even in my genre, but some of their themes and characterizations are beautiful. Okay, I know that some of these are horrible, but they do get the plot bunnies hopping!
What Stories Inspire You?
I know that it’s best to get out for some fresh air and new scenery, but admit it…what have you been Netflix binging? What stories get you excited to write again? For those of you who don’t write, what stories have you found to be generally inspiring?
Do you have any suggestions for me? I am always looking for stories related to my genre!