#IWSG: Ready, Set, Write?

It’s once again time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (#IWSG) day. I don’t really feel like checking in on it, but this at least is a monthly reminder to keep at least somewhat focused on my writing endeavors.

This past month was a mixed one when it came to my creativity. Early in the month, I was really inspired and really felt like writing fiction and poetry again rather than just blog posts. I did write one poem and read a ton of them, but my ideas for fiction never made it into actual stories.

I got ahold of a few interesting books on writing. One of them is called Ready, Set, Write and it inspired the title of this post.

Inspired by the advice in this book and others in the Adventures in Writing series, I started stream of consciousness writing in an app called Drafts. Several blog posts and the one poem I wrote this past month, were originally drafted in this app.

Still, I’m not sure I’m ready to actually devote much of my time to writing. It’s a great hobby, but like with everything, I don’t have the patience to practise and want to be at least somewhat proficient at it pretty soon. That’s probably why I keep disappointing myself.

On to the optional question of the month. This month’s question is whether you’ve ever been inspired to write a story based on a piece of art. I have not, as I am very artistically ignorant. I tried to blame it on my blindness, but then I realized there are other works of art besides paintings.

I did however very often base my stories on the fiction I read. This sometimes led to plagiarism. My best story yet, which should’ve become a young adult novel but never got finished, was inspired by a book about a teen whose mother had multiple sclerosis. It followed the same subject but its plot was very different.

How about you? Do you base your writing on works of art?

7 thoughts on “#IWSG: Ready, Set, Write?

  1. Being inspire by other books, or even borrowing ideas, is not plagiarism. Copying sentences or whole chunks from a book is. So, it’s okay to write a book with the same subject (but a different plot and characters) as another book. 🙂

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  2. I love your take on this month’s prompt! If we’re talking about taking inspiration from other writers and other stories, that is absolutely something I do. I’ve found a few authors with styles that feel similar to my own. Sometimes I’ll read a few pages of their work before I start a writing session. It sort of helps me remember what my own writing voice sounds like, if that makes sense.

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  3. I tend to think that pressuring ourselves about art (including writing) is counter to what leads to the creation of art. Yet sometimes we can’t help it. You reminded me that I did, in fact, write several stories that were published, and that were encouraged by art: music!

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