Although I’m a home-body at heart, I enjoy traveling and seeing new places. I spent the past few weeks on vacation in Ireland. It was a nice break from my regular work life as well as a chance for me to recharge my creativity.
My current story is set in 1815 London, not 2014 Ireland, but there was a lot in the rolling green Irish countryside that had me envisioning my characters’ country estates and the small villages they lived in. The stories about the battles and actions that shaped the country, especially the most current conflicts, gave me ideas for things I could incorporate in my story, and the people I met triggered all kinds of ideas for future stories.
If I ever need to have a character go to a local pub, I’ve got that covered. If I have a hero with a castle, I know what it would look like and what a fantastic view from the ramparts he would have. If a scene calls for some melancholy ruins or a vast sweeping peat bog, I have pictures so I know just how to describe them.
As important as the things I saw and the new experiences I had, was spending time disconnected from the phone, the computer, and everyday life. It was a chance for a bit of a mental reboot that has allowed me to look at my story with fresh eyes and a new perspective.
So, what have you done recently to recharge your own creativity?