Newsflash: It’s summer. And even writers take vacations. I
recently returned from a jaunt across the country. Road trips are fantastic
ways to revamp the ol’ creative juices, but the creativity doesn’t have to end
when you pull into your driveway at home.
your creativity. No, not magnets or thimbles with state names emblazoned on
them. I’m talking quirky memorabilia that will make you think outside the
box next time you’re stuck in the middle of your WIP.
Here’s an example of one writer’s mementos scored while on holiday…
size, changing and morphing into something larger than ever. What inspiration
for a character arc! All I need to do is pop this little foam buccaneer into
some water and whammo. I’ll have a foot-tall tangible reminder on my desk to
make my hero grow into the man he ought to be by the end of the story.
that keeps you on track.
bin full of cherries.
kind of white and fuzzy, but the container is enough to bring back a memory. An
old lady in a camper pulled alongside my car at a gimmicky gift shop in Montana.
She shoved a half-empty plastic bin of cherries out her rolled-down window,
saying her tummy was full and she hated to throw them away. This gave me all
kinds of plot ideas. What might a swanky salesman in a BMW offer? How about a
pimply faced teenager in a beat-up Geo? Or what if a pony-tailed ex-hippie
pulled up in a Hummer? What might he say? What might he give? The possibilities
that inspires you.
candy-coated fennel seeds from India will be like nothing I’ve ever before
popped into my mouth. Next time I need an extra zing, like when slogging
through the middle of edits, I intend to open up the pack.
that encourages you.
that is chocolate.
for items to bring home that will inspire your creativity. After all, there’s
only so many spaces on those U.S.A. shaped spoon racks and when it’s full, game over.