Hey hey, Readers!
It's a new week and I'm excited to share a lot of the things I have on the go at the moment. It's fun creating things in general, but it's a little more exciting when you have someone to share it with. One of the more interesting things I've created this week is an awesome short story about the days of the week personified. After I edit that up a bit, I'll be posting it as my first short story in my Creative Fiction Section. Last week I didn't get around to posting a YouTube video, but I'm in the process of editing that and it should be going up within a few days. Another update is that I made a nice big purchase from BookOutlet.ca and I can't wait to share the book babies that are on their way. Follow me on Insagram @trulyhuntercreative to get updates about that.
This week I have been musing on a few different writing ideas and it seems to me that there are kernels of wisdom about writing nearly everywhere you look in the world. From the ways strangers interact on the streets, to the dreams that come to you when you're deep asleep, it's incredible how much insight you can get into storytelling when you keep your eyes open and look for it. At this point in my life, it's my habit to think like a writer and auto-analyze everything that happens as if it's material for my next story. But it seems to me that perhaps not everybody thinks that way, and so I'd like to encourage any writers and aspiring authors to start doing this if they don't already.
One of the ways you can practice this is by carrying around a notebook, or even using the note taker on your smart phone, to start writing down anything you see that catches your eye. Anything can be material for a story, from an interaction between a scolding mother and her fussy child, to a woman dressed in colourful patchwork clothing, there's always a story behind any experience. When you witness something interesting, try to think of a story to explain that something. Think about why it's happening or what might happen afterward, and write it down. This way, your mind is always thinking about stories and possibilities; you've got so much more material to be inspired by.
Stories have always been my primary means of relating to the world, so this method can also be helpful if you are confused by a situation or experience. Perhaps someone said or did something to you and you can't for the life of you understand their perspective. Try writing a story about it, dissecting their behavior, and giving a reason or motivation to their character's decisions. Even if you're not spot on with the real motivation behind that person's behavior, it might give you some insight into the way you relate to them in real life. This could also allow you to work out some internal frustration as you create a story around your experience.
So, that's my Musings & Updates Blog for this week, I hope you enjoyed reading it. If you have any insight into gathering stories from the real world to use in your fiction, comment about it down below. Let's start a conversation and share our ideas.
As always, read on, Readers.