Writing Inspiration

You may not be aware of it all the time, but your writing is inspired by something. It might be a song, a poem, a movie, real life. It doesn’t really matter what inspires you. Have you ever had that sudden, inexplicable urge to just write? You had a story or a character that grabbed you and wouldn’t let go? That’s what I call inspiration.

One of the ways I’m personally inspired is by literature. Poetry and classic works inspire me to write modern things. You wouldn’t think it would work that way, but sometimes the underlying truth in something old opens your eyes to something current. One example of this is Emily Dickinson’s ‘Because I Could Not Stop for Death’. This simple poem written by a simple girl is one of the most interesting pieces of literature on death that I’ve ever read. It really made me think about how we, as a culture and society, view death. In turn, that thought inspired me to write a story about facing death and the steps from terror to acceptance.

I can’t tell you how many times one of my stories has been inspired by a song. It doesn’t even have to be a song with lyrics. I frequently listen to instrumental music when I write to avoid typing the lyrics accidentally. It happens. But the melody of the song can inspire me to change where my story is going, increase or decrease the pace, and even change my character’s views on occurrences within the plot. Some song lyrics themselves inspire me to write characters in different ways. Hopeless love, abusive relationships, and even puppy love are strongly featured in modern music. Those lyrics help me to make my character’s reactions true to life, even if that is not how I personally would react in that situation.

Television and movies also inspire my writing. Sometimes it is only the thought of: why the heck did they do that? Or: I could write this so much better. Thus inspired, I go off and take the characters on the journey they should have had. This fun writing practice, called fan fiction, allows me to take fully formed characters and explore them in different situations without having to first plot out every single detail on my own. It’s the “cheater’s” way of writing, but it does make for good practice. Of course, no publishing or profit can be made for characters stolen from another. But it is fun to borrow them for a while.

No matter where your inspiration comes from, just remember to keep writing. The more you write, the better you’ll get. Read also, because through reading you improve your vocabulary, grammar, and plot skills. Above all, have fun with what you write. This is your creation, make it what you will.

Author Bio:
Coleen Torres is a freelance blogger. Her profile is called phone internet.

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10 Hints for Writing Dialogue

10 Hints for Writing Dialogue
Dialogue is one of the hardest things for any writer to contend with. How do you replicate something that is found so frequently? How do you make dialogue not sound forced or trite? Well, here are ten tips that should help you out in your quest to improve your dialogue writing skills.

1. Repetition – There’s nothing that can take the place of practice. Grab every chance to write dialogue. It might be in a dentist’s waiting room, on the bus, or in an airplane. Wherever you are, watch what’s going on around you and fill in dialogue. What are those two murmuring across the room?

2. Snoop – Listen to real people communicate. They don’t use precise grammar. They don’t use complete sentences. At times they talk over each other. Write dialogue like it really is. Dialogue is complex in its own way- the gaps, the crosstalk, the things omitted are just as essential as the words that are actually said.

3. Voice – Read what you write audibly. You’ll hear where it sounds unnatural or forced. You’ll catch where it doesn’t flow, and where it does. If you read quickly enough, your brain will spontaneously correct what you’ve done wrong, so pay attention to yourself as you read audibly. You’ll achieve a lot.

4. Roam – Feel free to yap on. Individuals rarely get to the point in discussions. Unless you’re writing a law enforcement officer or surgeon giving a report, don’t presume the characters will emit just the facts. People prevaricate; it’s a fact of life. Let your character chatter away and they’ll end up much profounder and more authentic.

5. Streamline – Don’t force your characters to say everything. Reduce your dialogue to the bare bones. A ‘yep’ or ‘nope’ can tell you a lot about a character. They don’t always have to reply to others, and they don’t always have to complete a thought. Let your readers fill in some breaks.

6. Chill– Don’t stress about making it flawless. Let your characters have their own voice. They may say things that you never thought they could. If you recognize your characters and let them speak through you, you’ll end up with much deeper dialogue.

7. Jargon – What you communicate in is a living language. It fluctuates. Let your characters’ dialogue echo who they are and where they come from. If they want to say ain’t, allow them to. It’s not your job to be the grammar judge for your characters. People speak poorly. They dangle participles, they use fragments, and they curse. Recollect that it’s not you that’s speaking- it is your character. They have their own opinion, so let them express it.

8. In for a penny– Don’t go to extremes with accents. Tell the reader what brogue a character has and then give tip-offs in the dialogue. No one wishes to read a page of apostrophes and purposefully misspelled words. A ya’ll or a gotta on occasion will remind readers of who’s talking, without the hassle.

9. Keep track – Make sure your readers can keep track of who is talking. A he said, she said will do great things for a dialogue-heavy piece. If you have more than four quotes without stating who is talking, you may want to toss that in. It doesn’t have to be difficult. ‘He hollered’ works just as well as ‘he yelled, crying to the heavens as his thundering shoutboomed off the walls’.

10. Show it– Recollect that people are reading your dialogue, not speaking it (unless you’re a screenwriter). If you want a character to take a break, inhale, or even stammer, you’ll have to write it. Cutting up a quote is a good way to show a pause. ‘It’s this way,’ she said, ‘I’m leaving.’ Because of that cut, the reader perceives the pause without being explicitly told it’s there. Unless you have a character doing something exceptional with the break between words, make it visual but not explained.

Author Bio
This Guest post is by Christine Kane from internet service providers, she is a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com.
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