Since being a writer means I spend large amounts of time in front of my laptop, I have to allow myself the opportunity to explore places in creative ways, while in my personal space.
Here’s some ways I love to go on adventures from my desk to help me build some of the worlds I develop in my stories.
Artist are creative souls. I enjoy the color, textures and expression of all forms of art. I spend hours sometimes walking through and absorbing art at various local museums or art festivals. I take notes, ask the artist about their pieces and allow myself to imagine certain inspired works as living things.
YOUTUBE TRAVEL TRIP REPORTS
I search youtube to explore trip reports from people that share specifics about being an ‘insider’ or ‘visitor’ to a new place that seems interesting or that I want to delve deeper into for my story idea. Sometimes it makes me so interested in a place that I decide to visit there for an exploration vacation.
CREATE A COLLAGE
I enjoy creating a collage that I work from of the places, creatures and people that I want to explore in a story I am writing or thinking about. I may just sit and look at that place for hours while jotting down notes.
MUSIC INSPIRES THE MOOD
I use music list to use while I am writing that I believe gives the feel for each one of my characters. I write to the music or play it as I am thoughtful about my collage of the world I am building.