There is an old saying about “write what you know.” But we shouldn't we also consider "write what you love?" If you are passionate about a subject it will be easier to write about, your excitement for it will shine through and keep your readers engaged. Writing can take a long time, especially if you are creating a full length novel. Writing what you love fuels your passion and keeps your interest for the long haul.
We are going to look at the books and movies you love, as well as your other interests, passions and memories to help find out what to write about. These can be a quick reference to turn to when searching for writing ideas and inspiration.
The first question to ask yourself is, what do you think would be fun to write? Do you want to write a sweeping romance, a Sci Fi novel, poetry like T.S. Elliot, or a screen play? If you aren’t sure then think about what you enjoy reading the most and the movies you love to watch. Write in the genre you love.
Write a list of your favorite books with a short note about what you liked the most about each one.
What are the similarities about these books?
What is your favorite genre?
Another great idea is to read these books with a writer’s eye. Study the plot, the characters, the wording to see what you like about it. Learn from what you enjoy reading to see how they did it.
Write a list of your favorite movies, the ones you can watch over and over.
Include a note about what you specifically loved about each movie.
Was there any characters or specific scenes that were a favorite?
What are the similarities about these movies?
What's your favorite genre?
Write a list of everything you love, you feel excited about, or stirs your interest.
Allow yourself to write whatever comes to your mind, people, themes, subjects, objects, genres, hobbies, music, anything!
Circle the items that you are the most passionate about
Consider including some of them it in your next story. You can also use the list to give traits or hobbies to a character.
What causes are you passionate about?
What really makes you angry?
What makes you really happy to see?
What do you feel very strongly for or against?
What would you want to say to the world, how would you want to inspire others?
Is there any specific time in your life you would like to write about?
What time in your life do you look back on fondly?
What time in your life put through a lot of challenges and changes?
It may seem difficult to write about the troublesome times, but it can also be very rewarding and help others who may be going through the same thing.
So, now that you have all of your lists, woo hoo! you can see in more detail what it that you really enjoy and what stirs your passion. This is what you should write! You don’t have to include everything you've listed in one book. But including some of these elements will make your writing sizzle and make the writing process a lot more fun.
Questions? Comments? How do you decide what to write? Let me know!
Also, a big thanks to Laura from Stranger than Writing for honoring me with the Sunshine Award, if you haven't yet, check out her awesome blog!