Good Reading – and Hopefully Good Writing

Norman Rockwell “Bookworm”

Some of my creative inspiration comes from what I read.  As stated in my blogpost “What to Read” I do not consider myself a good judge of “well” written material but I DO know what gets my creative juices flowing.

Recently I started reading “Matched” by Ally Condie. 

The dystopian, post-apocalyptic view of the world fascinates me.

I’ve read “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins,

“Divergent” and “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth

and of course the book one that will stay in my memory and haunt me forever is “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. 

All these stories got my “buy in” almost from the first page.  My imagination goes into overdrive and I think it wouldn’t take much for these things to ACTUALLY happen!   Is it the negative person in me that can totally believe in a society needing to rebuild itself to make up for mistakes of the past only to make bigger mistakes in the future? Is it the belief that humanity always tries to find a way to rebel against “the man”?  Am I a rebel at heart? (Those who know me well can quit laughing about me being a rebel!)

I think I love them for the “What if” factor, I am compelled to think what if.  What if the world goes to hell in a hand basket?  What if we abuse mother nature so badly that it rebels against us in the form of storms, hurricanes and other extreme weather problems? What if we have treated our bodies so badly they no longer are able to reproduce?  What if our economy fails and our currency no longer holds any value?  What if the governing body needs the masses to conform for in order to ensure survival of the human species?  How would they do it, what qualifications would those people have to make those decisions, what would we lose or what would we gain?  And it goes on and on and on.

Now my goal is to figure out what to do with those ideas that are floating around in my head.  Can I ever hope to express them in a way that other people would enjoy or get some entertainment from them?   Is it even possible one of these ideas might even inspire someone else creative muse?   Ah… the ultimate writer’s/creator’s problem.

What types of stories get your creativity flowing?  I would love to hear about it.

In other news, I have decided to accept the challenge of NaNoWriMo and signed up.  Crazy, CRAZY, crazy!  I will deal with the fall out of my rash decision making later.  Right now I am excited, nervous and hugely apprehensive.  I have told no-one, except you, my 4 followers and hubby but only because by NOT telling him he is going to think I am spending far too much time on Pintrest!  I have a story in mind (not dystopian – which is funny considering I just went on and on about it!) and tonight I hope to put some vague outline together.  I don’t think I will do too much planning, as I think I may do better thinking on my feet but, some preliminaries will need to be in order!  Wish me luck!


2 thoughts on “Good Reading – and Hopefully Good Writing

  1. Thanks for the follow, and welcome to NaNoWriMo! I hope that my blog can be of some use to you, especially in terms of plotting aids. Don’t hesitate to tweet me or send me a comment on my blog if you have any questions or need some motivation! I’ll be in the same boat 🙂

    • Thanks wifosaurus! This is going to be a LONG month… but I am excited to get started! Thanks for the encouragement and I will be sure to keep an eye on your blog for support! And you may be sorry, I may just take you up on the the questions! Good luck to you!

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