You look outside the window and you realize it is raining. The wind is blowing hard against the oak tree out in your backyard and the tree dances with the tune of the wind. You pour yourself a cup of coffee and sit behind the desk of your study and find yourself staring at your grandfather clock, which stands across the room. You cast a glance at the keyboard of the computer in front of you and your mind wanders off into another place and another time.
Get in the Mood for Writing
Many people love to write and that is not just a mere fact. However, writing is no easy task. You need to know what you write and you need to feel what you write. Most of the time, there are just certain circumstances and moods that draw you to start scribbling or tapping those keys on the keyboard. Stories can just pop out of your head from the things you see every day, things that when put together with the right setting and mood could inspire you to write.
A grandfather clock exudes an aura of elegance, grace, and a certain ambient mood to any room it is situated in. With a grandfather clock and the right literary catalyst, you will find yourself transported to a world vivid with color and life, a world only your imagination can create and bring to life.
Give It Its History
When you stare at an object, you sometimes find your imagination starting to run wild with questions and small scenarios of things that you think relate to it, scenarios that you think might have happened well in the past that a thing had definitely bore witness to. Or it could also bring to mind memories that you had buried somewhere in your subconscious which only manifests itself when you let your imagination run loose.
Writers often write from memories, experiences of others, or from things. Many of the best writers have written stories about events and people that revolved around a certain thing. Nicholas Sparks wrote “Message in a Bottle” and “The Notebook”, and those two were worldwide bestsellers. There is a big chance that he was inspired to write such stories because he saw a story, some kind of life behind those ordinary things. Maybe you can do that too with the things that you see in your very own home like your grandfather clock.
Maybe the sound of the blowing wind and the oak tree dancing outside your window starts the ball rolling. Maybe those inspire you to write how your protagonist is, what his or her life is about, and what brought about this memory. Maybe you, as the writer, are looking through your character’s eyes as he stares out of his window and sees the event unfold before him. Maybe you, as you think like your character, remember a memory that happened, a memory triggered by the weather outside, the wonderful smell of steaming hot coffee, and the steady ticking of the pendulum in the grandfather clock. Maybe the steady ticking allows you to start a mental pace of the story as it unfolds in your head, a story that might be your very own bestseller.