A few months ago, I wrote about where my inspiration comes from. Then recently, I came across this video on the topic of ideas and inspiration for creative writers. Scottish writer Keith Gray talks about how he first started writing and about the books and movies that inform his writing. A key idea from this video is to read, and don’t be afraid to get ideas from other books and movies. Also good advice: keep a notebook. I’ve recently started keeping a notebook of my daily life and I have found that has helped me focus.
After watching this video, I am reflecting on my own beginnings into writing. I have a "book" of poetry from my elementary school years. I designed the lay out with clip art and printed it out on our color printer and stapled it together. I also have a handwritten partial story in a notebook from my middle school years that worked its way into my current novel.