The first time I posted about using art as inspiration, it was centered around a unicorn image I was using to inspire me for a purple unicorn story. (You can read that story, in its entirety here on Wattpad.)
I find it fitting to revisit this idea again when I was looking for inspiration for a red unicorn story.
While the image itself doesn’t reflect the attitude/tone I decided upon for the story, it did help me find it.
This is something that comes up pretty often when I speak on panels at conventions. How do you find inspiration? How do you motivate yourself? How do you avoid writer’s block?
The answer is different for everyone, but it fundamentally boils down to doing something you love. When writers no longer love what they are doing, that’s when they develop writer’s block. If they don’t have writer’s block, their story will likely fall flat. If they are good enough not to have their story fall flat, it will be likely be uninspired.
Juggling multiple projects helps. You can always switch to the next when you get stuck on/bored with one.
Art, for me, is like a palate cleanser. I don’t consider myself very good, and I don’t like most of what I do, but it puts me in a different mindset, lets me do a different thing for a while, and then I can get back to what I was doing. Often with a new perspective.