How I Find My Inspiration

Good evening, blog readers! This post will hopefully prove helpful for those of you struggling to find inspiration for your own projects.

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When it comes to plot ideas, there are several ways that I find inspiration:

1. I have a dream. It is because of my mid-sleep inspirations that I keep my phone (and on it, my notepad) on my bedside table.
2. I hear a song with lyrics that resonate with me, allowing my imagination to wander.
3. In extremely rare moments of silence. Whenever the kids are being watched by a family member and I’ve got a little time to myself, I think of all the plot possibilities.
4. Watching movies. I internally pick movie plots apart in my mind, wondering what would have happened if things had progressed differently.

As for character inspirations, I gather ideas differently:

1. To find inspiration for personality traits, I spend a lot of time observing others. I watch for nervous twitches, habits, listen to the cadence of their voices, etc. I can also find these from film and television.
2. Once I know who my character is, personality-wise, I search Pinterest for visual inspiration.

I keep a private folder on my computer and in Pinterest filled with photos of men, women, animals, estates, scenery, and Regency-styled rooms. When each of my novels are close to their publication date, I will share the visual-inspiration for each of the novels’ characters in a blog.

Whenever I find myself lacking for inspiration, I engross myself in something related to my project. In my particular case, it is always something Regency-oriented, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, or Emma, for example. Whether it is in film or novel format, I find a way to sit down with them and get that familiar anticipation for my Regency novels once more.

I hope that this blog has helped those of you looking for inspiration, and for the rest of you, I hope that you enjoyed the insight into my life as a Historical Romance author.

Thank you all for reading! I hope you have a lovely week!

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14 thoughts on “How I Find My Inspiration

  1. This is a great post! I find that when I’m working on something I tend to do all of these things myself. I keep waking up at 3:00 a.m. with fantastic dialogue running through my head. I’m always writing it down so I don’t forget it.

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  2. Nice post, Cheri! Songs always do it for me. Just about everything I’ve ever written has what is basically a soundtrack of songs that inspired it. But I also definitely need to start the dream journal thing. I’ve lost ideas due to my neglect of that, no matter how many times I hear it.

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    • Thanks! Yeah, I’ve gotten at least two plot ideas from a song. The novel I’m currently writing is one of them. I know, I’m so bad at forgetting my great ideas before I write them down in the night. I’m terrible at remembering dreams!

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  3. Thanks, Cheri. Dreams can be great triggers, but how about the ideas that come to you when you’re lying awake in the middle of the night? Great idea for Pinterest. I never thought of using Pinterest for character ideas, but then again I’ve never thought of using Pinterest for anything. (Might change that.) Thx!

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    • You’re absolutely right! I often come up with ideas when I’m lying awake at night. Also when I’m chopping vegetables or washing the dishes, any time my mind is *mostly* at rest, really.

      You’re welcome! I hope that if you get yourself set up on Pinterest that you find much inspiration!

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  4. A writing instructor mentioned to my class about putting newspaper articles in a box, just save them. When you have a few, you can pull out the articles, mix and match until a plotline jumps out at you. Of course, this works better for the mystery type novels. He gave several good examples as well.

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    • Wow, really? That’s actually a really interesting method of plot-forming/brainstorming. You’re right that it would work better with a mystery or thriller plot line. I’d never thought that someone would do that, but I bet it works! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I find that my most creative brainstorming moments are when I am finally laying in my bed, lights out, sound machine on, and my mind is able to go wherever it chooses. Sometimes I direct it, but other times, I’ll just let it go. I am constantly amazed by how many solid ideas are generated this way. The lesson for me is that I need to completely disengage from everything and just let my mind do all the work.

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  6. This is a great post! And I discover my plot ideas in similar ways, especially with regard to you dream and music suggestions. One I would add — I hate running, but I have some of my best plot ideas while plodding along. Talk about a Catch-22!

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