This week my family laid to rest my paternal grandmother. She was one of the most awesome people I have ever met. Her house was covered with watercolors and oils and sculptures that she had made. And they are quality stuff. Her creativity is something that nurtured mine as I grew up.
Today, in her memory, I'm going to share with you guys one of my methods for coming up with and developing stories. There are a few *spoilers* for stories I haven't told yet, but I'm going to keep all the most exciting ones to myself. :)
Some I'm really excited about, even if I don't have a whole lot to go on.
About once a year, I go through and open up all the strips and lay them on the table where I can read them. Strips that seem to go together get clipped together and stay in the jar until I can start working on them (read: until I finish my other novel projects). Surprisingly, there are quite a few ideas that go together once I put the strips out next to each other, which is pretty cool.
If you don't, no worries. It's my job as an author to make the story hang together regardless of how disparate my inspiration is.
Thanks for hanging out! If they're still around, give your grandparents a call; let them know something awesome that they do/did that inspires you. And hit me up if you have questions or comments. I'd love to hear how some of you keep track of your writing inspiration!