The key to writing, for me, is to translate the world around you into something that other people can experience and feel in their own way. Because of this, I, and I assume any other writer you might ever meet, use the world around us to draw inspiration from what we’re doing. There are certain things that can be seen and experienced in daily life that can end up being the perfect inspiration for a character or scene in a novel later. It doesn’t matter what kind of genre you write in, there are things that you will witness that can be applied as the perfect inspiration for all kinds of unexpected things.
Interacting with people and witnessing their habits and speech patterns can be very inspiring when it comes to designing characters. There is an art to taking something that you see in one circumstance and then applying it to a person or scene that really has nothing to do with it. Still, when you manage to align the two, that is where magic happens. In my experience, I am always distinctly more drawn to a scene when it has something from my actual life, as I find myself more connected to it. You never know what you might see or learn while you’re out running errands in your daily life. Keep your eyes open, and always write down anything that inspires you.
By: Alex H. Singh