|One of the lakes at Glendalough Ireland|
|Lough Key Forest Park, Ireland|
As I researched the various forests of Northern Ireland, I came across a place I fell in love with called Glendalough Abbey. The medieval abbey, with its accompanying graveyard, captured my inspiration and I jumped on the location.
|Location for Chapter One's final battle.|
How did I develop this pattern of inspiration?
I think it all goes back to a writing exercise in my Mountain Crest High School creative writing class. Our inspirational teacher had us pick a picture (photo or artwork) and write a one-two page story based on that picture. I picked a painting of some men on a ship in the fog. An old sailing ship particularly.
|My Antagonist Inspiration|
Years later, I've found this 'trick' continued to work wonders for me. I've used it to see locations of my story in Google Maps. I've used it to get the flavor of characters by looking at lots of head shots. More importantly, it has allowed me to visit the world inside my own imagination.
So what way do you like to get inspiration? Do you use one method predominately or do you have a toolbox full of tricks? If you could choose your favorite method, which would it be?