Storytelling does make up a big part of our culture. Without us, there would be no tales to tell. No news to read. No movies to watch and no shows to binge-watch. Chances are, people would have a limited vocabulary. Our creative minds help to cultivate new words and phrases and spark other creative minds. If it were not for us, everyone else would have no place to escape from their reality.
You can find ideas everywhere you look.
Make sure you record everything. Use a journal, audio recorder, or your phone. It is what you see and hear which seeps into your mind, churning until the light bulb over your head turns on. POW! Storytime.
The story I am working on, and almost finish, is inspired by The Lost Boys movie. It has been in my head for over ten years. While in college, I expanded on my story’s universe. I combined folklore from south of my state with the area of my home county, which is in the central part of my state. I will use other folklores in my home county region to help with furthering the universe.
In a few of my stories, the inspiration came from my husband talking about the government falling. It helped me create a few stories about the ‘end of times.’
In my first screenwriting course, my cats were the inspiration for the screenplay.
Watching slasher movies inspired my screenplay for two of my screenwriting courses.
I have a journal full of ideas, waiting to unleash their stories into the world. A few of them come from my husband’s dreams. The ones dealing with creatures would create SYFY movies.
Everyone has their style. Some people may use writing software, or they may use a notebook. People may keep files on their computers or in a filing cabinet. They may keep their research under lock and key or have it spread out all over the place, including the walls.
When you feel you are ready to show your work:
Yes, authors can get paid well. Look at Stephen King, Ann Rice, Dean Koontz, and J.K. Rowling. But most authors don’t get the big bucks. So if you are working, stay with it. You can chalk it up to honing your eavesdropping, story idea collecting skills, and getting paid to do so. If you are not working, find a job. It will help you create new story ideas. Now, if you are like me, the doctor says, “No, Tracie. You cannot work.” Then you fight for your disability or go to school and get an education to help your writing career. Then you fight for disability when you finish. Lucky for me, my husband works.
Writing fiction can be fun, time-consuming, and low-paying. But you are helping people escape from the real world. You may inspire someone to become a police officer, EMT, teacher, or astronaut. You may encourage an engineer to create your fake invention into a real one. You may save a marriage. You never know; you may save a life.