We all have stories in our heads, but there is ONE story, that actually could be the story of your life. Not because you are such an interesting person, NO, because it took you almost your whole life to finally finish it.
For this particular story, you would do anything, just to get it finished someday. You sit to your writing devise (whatever this is) and work, you stop, you work again, you get ideas, you fail, you gather information and ideas, you write again, perhaps you have a writer’s blockade, but then: You continue.
This goes on and on and on, but someday (hopefully) you reach your point, where you are able to say “I finished the story. My baby is born.” (ignore me)
So, I try to keep motivated, while writing, but to be honest, if you work on a very well researched story, the story almost writes itself without help. You are just the one, who type it down. The story takes over your brain and you keep on writing and writing. That’s lovely, right?
What/who is responsible for your ideas?
In my case, it’s mostly music. I hear a song and then have a story in my inner eye. More like movie scenes, at first. Then, when I write, it could happen, that I listen to the same song over and over until my scene or chapter is finished.
Or, you go for a walk in the woods, the city or wherever, and then you see a perfect setting for a scene that would fit to your story ideas or already written chapters. I keep that scenery in my head while writing.
Last but not least: people. They are a huge source of inspiration! Either if it’s a famous person, a stranger you just saw on street, your friend or an invented one. It doesn’t really matter as long as you get plenty of ideas, when you think about that particular person. What will that person do in your story? What happened to them before? What will happen? I like to think about that.
Why I always run over new ideas and why it takes me so long to finally put them on paper?
I mean, look…I have hundreds of ideas in my head for my first book. Like, a real book. No short stories nor novel…A book. And even for short stories and novels I have so many ideas, that I really start asking myself, how to put them all into one story?
Now I started to outline my ideas. They grow more and more with every day. I work through them on paper, while in my head, everything is already finished. I get more and more conceptions, I want to add fresh ideas into already “finished” chapters. Isn’t it funny, that I really get the feeling, that I will probably need years to finish this one particular story??
Anyway, I will try to take care of my sweet, lovely brainchilds. Wish me luck!