Puffy white cyber-sites feed creativity
Ah, spring—longer days, warmer temperatures. I strive to invest my BICHOK (butt-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard) time daily, but there are times my brain wants to get off the gerbil wheel of word quotas and plots and marketing, and put in some time just staring at the clouds.
There are “clouds” of sorts on the internet, not those storage sites, but sites that re-charge the brain. I visit those that provide inspiration, little bursts that refresh me after a good writing session.
Here are some I’ve enjoyed. Slip into your hammock, look to the sky, and enjoy!
http://lauradavis.net/category/prompts Author Laura Davis offers prompts that let you mine veins of gold from your own experiences. Here’s a sample:
Tell me about a time you found the courage or necessity to express yourself from the deepest part of you—a time you truly showed your soul.
Answering questions of this depth can help you discover and/or clarify your author’s mission statement, and help you find your writer’s “true north.”
http://inkygirl.com/ If you’re having a bad day, set your timer for fifteen minutes and drop by Ohi’s website. She authors and illustrates children’s books, but she also creates cartoons about the writing life that resonate and make you laugh out loud. After reading a few of them, you will not take yourself so seriously, which makes for a much more fruitful and creative you.
http://marthaalderson.com/what-motivates-you-to-keep-writing/ Alderson has a wealth of tips to help you become and stay productive and motivated. I listed the motivation blog because it seems like a real spring topic—the beginning of a new season, and the wonderful promise of spring.
thestorystarter.com This website generates over 39 billion story starters. Like many generators, it can trigger more than just a story. It can provide a setting for your next scene. Trigger an idea for a secondary character. Help you decide on a dominant emotion for your next scene. It beats letting Facebook suck you into its rabbit hole, and its wild randomness helps loosen the rusty hinges in your mind. A sample: The brilliant Olympic gymnast painted a portrait in an abandoned toy store during the hurricane.
http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/wednesday-poetry-prompts-387 Brewer offers prompts for poetry, a wonderful way to “clear the palate” and digest one delicious word at a time. It’s a chance to re-discover the power of the right word, the right combination of words, and the beauty of cadence.
http://www.hughhowey.com/eyes-like-hers/ Described as one of indie publishing’s great successes by Writer’s Digest, Howey tracks his lessons learned through both self- and traditional publishing. I apologize ahead of time for this, but the story’s too beautiful to overlook. The power of a short story—it inspires me to dig deep, to get the emotions on the page.
Book title generator that covers several genres. Beware—it will entertain you for much longer than the allotted fifteen minute “cloud-watching” session, so set your phone to bring you back to earth.
Did you like these? Do you have some sites to share? RSVP, and happy cloud-watching! --Janet