Idea generation and brainstorming in general can be a daunting process. For example, you may be lacking inspiration due to a lack of getting out there or as I like to say, living it up. This struggle was my own for some time until I found my footing again and the direction I wanna go with the novel. That is why today I would like to share with you how I did this. As well as how you can do the same to find your footing.
The first step to this is creating a mood board. Granted, this is not an original idea but that doesn't make it any less effective. This is originally author Abby Emmons's idea. It is a great idea centered around photography applications such as Pinterest.
What you do is create a mood board by searching for whatever inspires you then add aesthetics at the end of it. It's as simple as that. With that being said, once you find pictures that inspire you to need a process to save them.
Trust me, multiple tabs are not the way to go. I have been there. To save on Pinterest, hit the bookmark button or hamburger button to get more options. With these options, select save to board. Name your board accordingly and continue to add photos.
This process got me out of my writing slump and over that wall and I believe it can do the same for you. Finally, the process I recommend if nothing is working, you can take a step back from your work. This is what I did inadvertently, but it had no less effect on my work.
With a step back I was able to realize the ending of my novel. The impact I want to have. The most pressing issues I want to address. The characters as a whole. As well as the story and areas that need more development.
I hope this process and other ones I have shared, such as my character construction post or outing post. Both of which you can reference in earlier blog posts. Share key information that can help you get out of your writing slump and over that creative wall.
Till next time.
- Matt Gorrell (creator of mattgorrell.com)