How I find inspiration to write.
Storytelling is an art that has been around since the dawn of time. It takes on different forms for different people. Most of us here love books or blogging, physical words on a page, but let’s also consider there’s music and film and photography and art and conversations with friends. The bones laid in a graveyard. Then there is the most natural form: allowing life to write you into it. Creating a story happens with every step you take.
By chance or by choice I became more extroverted. I’d heard them say to know someone you must walk in their shoes and yet I had never wandered far at all. As I slowly built a collection of experiences I could share with people, I found conversation a lot more exciting. Speaking up was something I struggled with. Writing was always the form I could use to express myself, but it wasn’t long before I realised my throat could dry up there too. When I approach people now with a story to tell I’m very much looking forward to seeing their reaction. Because that’s exactly what makes a story worth telling, right? To share a moment of time that didn’t exist for anyone else.
Imagining is, of course, half the fun of creating a story. Perhaps that’s why I’d never put faith in the need to step away from the writing desk and research things thoroughly. I thought it would all come from within. It’s a mistake most people make. They wait for inspiration to be thrown on them. How they consider the same four walls to suddenly become inspiring, well, I made that error too. Since becoming more extroverted it’s been easier to invent stories. Through the strangers I’ve met, I’ve seen a lot more world than I ever intended.
Though I love entering conversation and telling stories, real art is listening. Learning the connection between yourself and the world. Go find adventure, because the stories that survive are the ones that feel alive. Those ones from the heart that keeps blood pumping.
When the sun rises I’ll think to myself, I’m off to find another story to tell.
And I’ll admit it was scary at first. If, as most writers are, you are notoriously introverted it’s a huge deal to suddenly become so active. There’s no need to feel like you’re pushing yourself past any limit. Many stories deal with simple and mundane ideas, and simply add a ‘what if?’. To start, I would just make sure you can answer the question, ‘what have you been up to?’. Life is a book, but those who do not travel only read one page. It takes practice.