Look at the books in your home library or go to the library (a walking trip) and look at books you cannot remember reading. Pick one of the classics, and here are a few to start with:
Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (which is now a new movie) – Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities, John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, Caleb Carr’s The Alienist. You can also add poetry to the list, such as: Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood and Emily Dickenson.
Read the words of great writers and in a different time. Look at the words, the descriptions and find yourself back with the characters on the page. Reap all the sensations and record how these make you feel in your notebook. What? Okay, run, grab your pages and start writing.
Another avenue to push the creative button is MUSIC. Look over all your CD’s and then fixate on the ones that mean something to you. What did you listen to on your first date? Your first sock-hop? Ooooops, age telling.Where were you and who were you with? What about the Junior, Senior Prom? Then you see an Elvis CD and you rush to change the track. Age doesn’t matter as Elvis sang to everyone. Sit back, relax and let your mind carry you round and round on that CD. Put your pen on the paper beside you and scribble your thoughts, your imagination, friends you were with and feel the music take you up, up and away.
Have you ever thought about volunteering for a storytelling project at a library close to you. If there is a special class, go and study the storyteller and the children. Kids are more aware of stories and characters than ever before. Watch their faces, their hands and their smiles. Also keep close attention to frowns. See which characters bring silence to their voices or start a big “WHOOPEE.” You are getting valuable feedback. Got your book near you? These are things you need to jot down NOW, as the memory of these kids are quick to appear and quicker to disappear.
Now, go home and make up your own storytelling. You remember something you noticed in the grocery store, or the hardware place or even at the gas station. Write in your notebook or on your keyboard. Just get your excitement from your mind to your fingers.
Write and make certain your words convey the emotional side of your writing. It may look gibberish, but you know that special event in your life. Now, put this into your character’s life and watch the pages dance.
Sing while you work and be happy with your writing.