I’ve seen a couple of things today that are complementary and very true. They are also always relevant to the writer.
First, I saw this on Chuck Wendig’s blog (click the pic to make it bigger):
And I saw this doing the rounds on Tumblr:
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”
— Hugh Laurie
So I repeat my own adage in relation to these:
Put your arse in the chair and your fingers on the keyboard and WRITE!
Nothing else matters without this. Do that first and you’ve got a start and something to work with. No fear, no doubt, dive in, motherfucker, and write. Let all the other stuff come later, and we have ways to deal with that (friends and family, trusted beta readers, alcohol, etc.)
Off you go.
I see things all around me in everyday life that trigger ideas for stories. I’m regularly snapping photos, making notes, recording voice memos and so on. Evernote for iPhone is a tremendous tool, which lets me takes notes as text, attach links, photos, video and voice recordings and sync them to my laptop for later. And I still carry a pad and pen pretty much everywhere, of course. Anyway, I thought I’d start sharing some of those story prompts here. After all, for everything I find inspiring, I’m sure many other writers will find equal inspiration in it. Or maybe not. Hopefully they’ll get something completely different out of it than I do.
So today, it’s a page from a French language phrse book. My wife has been studying up on her French lately and she read out this page of D words and said, “Hell, there’s got to be a story in there, right?” It is a delicious selection of words that immediately got me thinking. So maybe it’ll work for you and your writerly friends too. Enjoy!