Inspiration

Witches in the Woods

     So I thought I would talk about where the inspiration of my short story Witches in the Woods came from and why I chose this to be my first published work. Witches in the Woods is actually based off of a short story I wrote for a competition my ninth grade English teacher was holding for all of her classes. It was the first story I wrote that was more than just a page or two for an assignment. This is also when I realized that I love to write. When I got second place in the competition (she said it was because my ending was a little rushed, of which it was because I was reaching my page limit) I realized that I had a knack for it. That is where it all began.

     Though I had not thought about it in quite some time, when I decided to give Amazon publishing a try it just seemed right to pull up that old story and do a major rewriting of it. I can honestly say that only the very basic story-line survived the revision. Not to mention it took a few turns I had not originally anticipated, but the end result is significantly improved from the original. I am still very pleased with how it turned out, and overjoyed that Witches in the Woods is once again the beginning of a new path in my life.

     A full synopsis and character descriptions, as well as a link to where you can purchase Witches in the Woods is located here. You can also check out all of my other writings by clicking the Published Works button located in the top navigation.

My Writing Style

     Writing style and inspiration differs from writer to writer, as well as how they work through writer's block. So I thought it would be appropriate if I posted about my personal style. The writing style most commonly presented to me by family and friends is creating a detailed outline of the different chapters and the overall plot. Although this is a great way to keep your written work consistent throughout the plot as well as organized, I personally do not use this method. The reason for this is because I never follow it.

     I prefer to write freely. Sure I have a basic idea of the story line, but what will exactly happen from point A to point B within any part of the plot is as much of a mystery to me as it is for the reader. Sometimes this causes my work to veer off in a direction I originally had not anticipated, thereby opening up new potential for that piece of work. In a way, you could say I let the story write itself, which is why I avoid written outlines. This restricts my thinking and can make it much harder for the plot to develop as it is supposed to. It is also known to interfere with my creativity and inspiration, thereby encouraging writer's block.

     A lot of my every day inspiration comes from pictures and music, though looking around at the outside world around me has also been known to help. For example, you are driving down the road and see a small rundown house at the end of a dirt road. A house that was most likely built and possibly abandoned decades ago. While many would just see a rundown house, overgrown vegetation, maybe the potential for new life with some work, or even just simple curiosity, I see much more. I see a family that lived in this kind of place. Their lives and hardships, and possibly even why the place was abandoned in the first place. I see a story behind it. This is the inspiration I work with.

     Despite all this combined with my natural creativity, especially in the fantasy world, I have experienced writer's block. As any writers could probably tell you, writer's block can be very frustrating and, in my opinion, even brutal. Sometimes this means I just need to take some time away from that work, which is why I like to have multiple projects going on at once. If I find myself at a point where it seems my creativity has run dry for the project I am working on, I will often set it aside and work on something else. This works great for me as things on the back burner will over time simmer with ideas. So when writer's block stops progress on my current work, I can easily switch to something else I had not worked on in a while. This helps to ensure I am always getting work done even during writer's block.

     As mentioned before, all writers are different and what works for me might not work for someone else. This style of writing is what works best for me, as I always have the big picture in mind, thereby making it easy to switch off between the different projects within it. This also keeps my mind always thinking of new idea as different things inspire me as well as gives me a strong method for dealing with writer's block.

     If I was to give advice to a young writer still working on developing their own unique writing style, I would say to do what feels right for you. There are countless ways to write and each one holds their own strengths and benefits. Do not be afraid or embarrassed to try out multiple different styles just to create your own from a mixer of different ones. In my opinion, this is what finding your own writing style is all about. Stay true to yourself and work through the hardships of those beginning stages of development, as it will give your blossoming skills the strength, passion, natural foundation, and source of inspiration you need to thrive. For only then will you find your own true potential.