Monday, November 17, 2008

Think Outside the Book: Inspiration Station # 3

Is your plot getting boring; your character unispired?

Sometimes a great way to spice up a story is by sticking in something unexpected or unplanned.

Here are some photos to get you thinking. What would happen if you threw one of these types of places into your story right now?

Or how about an item that can have unexpected great meaning to someone in your story? Here are a few to get you thinking:

1.) A ringing phone
2.) A necklace
3.) A dagger
4.) Mushrooms (whether it's the 60s or a fantasy novel in the woods!)

5.) A map
6.) A cake for a special occassion
7.) A bag full of...

Or situations
1.) An unexpected gift
2.) A fall
3.) An unplanned or unwanted meeting
4.) A death
5.) A gathering
6.) A landslide
7.) A hunt or chase
I love the adventure of an airport...

Sometimes it's the random stuff that gets us thinking.
Let your muse take you...
Write on!"


Bish Denham said...

Excellent, if I could just put them into practice!

just Joan said...

Good stuff! Sometimes we all need a little inspiration . . . or a lot of inspiration . . .

Janelle said...

Ah Bish, I know you're putting lots of great ideas into that MG novel of yours already!

And Joan - looking forward to reading your book any day now!