The Inanimate

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Sitting in a room full of inanimate objects would bore anyone. But how you feel usually depends on yourself. Next time you’re completely bored and still want to exercise your writing muscles, try this:

Inanimate-Inspired. Who says you can’t get ideas from your couch? Often, certain material things hold importance in your life. I’m talking about that fishing net you always saw your father use, or your diary that holds your deepest secrets.

Using Inanimate-Inspired write better descriptions. Say I’d like to write about the sun.

Worse description:

The sun is yellow, bright, and cheers me up every morning. It helps keep the earth alive. Everything would be dead without it.

Better description:

It’s like a heart, bursting to the beat of our lives. Every swell and explosion goes unnoticed by us but soon they will. When the End is near we’ll hear every burst of flame inside this heated heart of gas. Wishing we’d better appreciated it when we had more time left.

Now, the reason one of these is better than the other is because the 2nd one better describes what it means to the writer: a sign of the end of the world. However, the 1st one is very general; anyone could say that that’s what the sun means to them. My whole point is:  just don’t write about your new printer because it’s the first thing you lay your eyes on when you look around:

I got it just this week, and it’s waayy better than my last one. It even prints out better color pictures. The pictures looked great when i sent them to my aunt in Texas. She loved them.

Rather, write about your old iPod because…

It’s funny how much escape can be found this tiny little gaget. When my parents are fighting, The Strokes distracts me. When my boyfriend dumped me, Coldplay consoles me. When nothing in the world is right, Kings of Leon cheers me up.





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Music and Writing

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I have to admit, most of my story ideas never came from the strategy Blank-Brainstorming, but they came from somewhere.

Music.  

I’ll have to say, there are a lot of people who say music has nothing to do with writing and that music won’t help you write at all. Well, I politely disagree. Most my ideas have come from songs. And I’m going to help you do the same.

Most people love music, and have a favorite song or two. They have that one song that brings them to tears, and one that has them dancing around for joy! I actually tend to avoid songs that make me cry, but they’re the ones that help me write the most.

So, now it’s your turn. I have a couple of songs you can listen to, and see what emotion they bring, or what situation pops into your head after listening for a while.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isH1yy8I_dc&feature=related. This is one of my favorite songs, and makes me feel…weightless I guess and joyous and happy to be alive. How about you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PzRpe36Qls. Another one of my favorites…Gives me an indescribable feeling…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKhw_Zbcdto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPVBvGzPTRw

enjoy (: And remember, don’t listen too closely to the lyrics or you may begin to write what the song was about rather than the feeling it gave you, or the scenario that came to your head when you listened to it.



Starting Off Blank

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I believe that the best place to start a writing project about is nowhere. Nothing. Blank.

A lot of (and some of the best) ideas come form out of nowhere. That means that one day, on the bus ride to school, taking a shower, or trying to fall asleep an idea popped into your head. It was a completely random idea, but a good one. But you don’t know what to do with it.

The worst thing to do with an Out-Of-Nowhere idea is to ignore it. Maybe you’re too lazy to get up and grab a notebook. Maybe you think the idea is utter crap and is best kept to yourself to save it from humiliation.

Another thing you shouldn’t do with this idea is write it down, but try too hard to build on it. Some things should come naturally, and writing is one of those things. If you force writing, that’s exactly how it’ll sound: forced.

However, you may be one of those people that Out-Of-Nowhere ideas seem to avoid. And that you actually need to think about what you want to write before you write it.

Try this strategy I made up called Blank-Brainstorming.


  • first bring up a blank “something”. It came be a new Words Document. It can be a fresh, new page of a notebook. Maybe it’s your empty wall, it doesn’t matter. It just has to be blank. Try to avoid colorful notebooks, or starting writing with a certain font.
  • Then, start staring. Just concentrate on this blank nothingness until something pops into your head. It will be rare that you’ll have to do this for more than 2 minutes before you think of something.
  • Start writing!!! Here’s something that popped into my head when I tried this myself:

I’m so bored I’ll eat candy

But I’m trying not to eat

Because I don’t want to gain weight

And be fat forever and no one ever falls in love with me

But that’s just one of my fears

I have many

Some are absurd

Some are something a lot of people have

Like heights

And the dark

And spiders and monkeys and lions

And all animals that are only kept in zoos

And dying

Sometimes I’m afraid of absurd things

Like being alone forever

And a weird image

Nothingness

But I’ll keep writing this endless poem

Because I’m bored

Even though I’d really like to eat

I’m wondering if I should give this poem a nice, poetic ending and a title

Or just keep going on forever

What do you think I should do?

(;

LOL I’m not the best poem writer (I’m used to writing stories), but I decided to give it a try.

  • Evaluate. Blank-Brainstorming can reveal a lot about your subconcious. As you can see from my poem, I was bored and craving food. I must’ve been pretty afraid (as I usually am when home alone) because I wrote plenty about my fears. Maybe, when you brainstorm, your story or poem turns out very depressing and forlorn: that probably means you aren’t feeling your best. Or maybe you find yourself writing about a certain person. You might just be in love (;
  • Save it for later. If you wrote some beginning of a story, maybe later when you come up with an idea you can build on it.  Then you have a whole new writing project on your hands!

Want me to read what you wrote or have any ideas or suggestions? Try my email: olaoyemistura@gmail.com

Thinking Inside and Outside “The Box”

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Sometimes, when my creative writing teacher tells me to think outside “the box”, she would specify what “the box” is. Does it mean I can’t write realistically? That I can’t write unrealistically?

What does she mean when she says to be creative? What is being creative? Does it mean that I can’t have any inspiration?

That I have to look at all my classmates’ papers to make sure I’m not writing about the same thing any of them are? Which, I’m ashamed to admit, I do all the time.

(BTW, this indeed IS one of those corny introductions. If you despise them, move on to my next post) 

Well, I have no answers to those questions. I think you should avoid them at all costs.  In this blog, there will be no “box”, you can write however you like. Non-creatively, creatively, imaginatively, realistically, etc (End of Thinking Capacity)

Also, this blog is more for people who love to write for fun, rather than the uber-serious-and-trying-desperate-to-get-published-and-famous-kind of person. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but if you’re that serious, you should try writing on your own.

I love you all!