Introducing the #WIP Confessions: all about my inspirations

Hello friends, Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a lovely week so far. Things have been slightly changing up around the blog and this sort of new, non regular feature is one of these things I have been wanting to do, ever since I started talking more about my WIP.

Let’s face it: I’m going to use this as a way both to get me out of this weird funk I’ve been having since I finished my WIP and to find myself some inspiration for editing. Or, who knows, find myself in a deep, crazy need to write something else again. Or just like, do SOMETHING. I swear. I’m totally fine not writing.

ANYWAY, I am thrilled to introduce these sort of WIP confessions, in real-awesome partnership with my lovely friend Lenna over at Sugar Dusted Pages, who is also going to tackle the weird fear of talking about writing and share things on her WIP too. EXCITING, right? I hope so. This is going to be a semi-regular feature as we figure things out, but I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Today we’re all going to talk about INSPIRATION πŸ’­

a.k.a why I have weird ideas swimming inside my brains that just won’t.let.go.

As a reminder, this particular work I will be talking about is the WIP I finished, and I’ll sum it up in six words, you know, because otherwise it’s too complicated and I have no idea how I would sum it up otherwise.

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Where do these ideas come from? πŸ’­

I could be really annoying here and tell you the basic writer answer, which is: THE WORLD. There is a part of truth in that, obviously, but many other things inspired me to write this particular WIP…

  • A part of my own childhood experience building little wooden sheds in forests,
  • Boarding school novels that I LOVE,
  • My favorite trope of all times, childhood friends,
  • and many other things…. that I will and might not reveal here because SPOILERS.

Books inspirations πŸ“š

a.k.a where I casually admire these authors, these characters and feel like there are things here and there that inspired me particularily. DISCLAIMER: my book’s nothing like these books. I basically fed myself on these feels here and there.

 

 

 

 

TV Shows inspirations πŸ“Ί

 

 

 

 

In case you did not know, or never watched, this is Dawson’s Creek. I’m really inspired by vibes here and there but, basically, my story’s got nothing to do with the puddles of feels in Dawson’s Creek. Also, I am team Pacey ALL THE WAY. I know. I’m weird?!

Playlist inspiration 🎢

a.k.a the music I used to write this story, songs that are related to the story on deep levels and so on. Also reffered to as: feelings songs.

 

All of these are inspirations, yet my story is nothing alike these things. I guess that’s what it means to write? Or just to be a mess? I’m not sure. There are probably tons of things I forgot here, but, you know…I can’t remember everything going through my mind back in 2015, I have the memory of a goldfish. #oops

Writers: are you inspired by books, tv shows and songs as well? What is your to-go-to to find inspiration for your stories? How do you put yourself into inspiration-seeking mode?

Readers, and everyone: did you enjoy this little peek at my writing and does it make you want to know more? I hope so. Do you sometimes link books you read with TV shows you’ve watched and songs you’ve heard? Sort of like making aeshetics. Just, basically, trying to make the book more alive and everything. Let me know all – and your latest book obsession?! in comments!

Writers and friends: if you want to talk about your writing inspirations, feel free to join this semi-regular feature – just please mention you took the inspiration from here! xx

 

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47 thoughts on “Introducing the #WIP Confessions: all about my inspirations

  1. I love reading about inspiration. I what people use as inspiration fascinating and exciting. Your WIP sounds awesome by the way. Also, your song selections have my approval. You can’t go wrong with You Me at Six, but I also love In My Veins and 9 Crimes, even if the songs have me believing that your WIP will punch the feels a bit. πŸ˜›

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    1. Aww, thank you so, so much, Lois! ❀ I'm definitely looking for ALL THE FEELS πŸ˜€ but I think it still needs work , in order to be reaaally…well, heartbreaking and everything. I'm a bit cruel, ahah;
      Thank you so much! ❀ ❀

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  2. First off, congrats on finishing your WIP even though it is a bittersweet feeling! I love the
    idea of having a #WIP Confessions because I absolutely love reading about the writing process and what inspired you! I feel like I get inspired just by reading about other writers talking about their WIP and it motivates me to put my thoughts into action! Lately, I’ve been inspired by a lot of music I’ve been listening too and was finally drive to start pinterest boards for my WIP. I shouldn’t even call it a WIP because it is a little seedling of an idea in my head but having aesthetic boards kind of makes it real ??? idk! I love the idea of your WIP because I was absolutely OBSESSED with boarding school mystery books when I was younger. My favorite series was the Private novels by Kate Brian and I ALWAYS wanted to live in that world (even though there were crazy murderers running around) I’m excited to continue reading about your WIP and learn more of these confessions! Like I said, just reading about your own process challenges me to think about my own ideas so thank you !!!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ohhh thank you so, so much, Isabella, I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and that it inspired you ❀ ❀
      I think it IS already a little bit of a WIP, if you've got some theme songs and some Pinterest boards to inspire you…it's an idea, and it always starts like that! I'm now really curious about your idea, I have to say it πŸ™‚ Are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo? πŸ™‚
      Ohhh I'm so glad – I used to be obsessed with these kind of things as well, that's what inspired me ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment ❀ ❀

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  3. This is such a cool feature!!! I *love* it!! Firstly though, your summary of your book in 6 words really got me intrigued! I also love your list of inspirations- especially childhood friends and boarding school stories- cos those are both things I love in books!! Awesome post!! Really enjoying hearing about your WIP and can’t wait to hear more πŸ˜€ ❀

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  4. I really love hearing you talk about your WIP Marie, and I hope this post/feature helps you both find the inspiration to edit and gets you out of your ‘I’ve-finished-my-WIP-funk’. πŸ™‚ ❀
    I can't really say where my ideas come from, most of my ideas are for fantasy/sci-fi so I don't really pull inspiration from real life. Most of the time I guess it's posts I see online where my mind just started building on them. Stories I've read that seem to spark some small idea in my own head. πŸ˜€
    I think music is a big one for me, more than other books and TV shows I guess. I dunno, I've never thought about it too much before reading your post, my ideas are just my ideas. Now I'm starting to think where I got my inspiration from for my upcoming WIP and I seriously have no idea. It's just an idea I've had for so so long.
    Great post Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Beth! I hope so too ❀ ❀
      Ohhh yes, stories we read are inspirations most of the time, it's crazy, how sometimes you associate one idea with another, then…it's all a mess of ideas in your head πŸ˜‚
      And yes, sometimes you don't even know where they come from. I guess it's from influences you had, overall, people, books and music and everything, a little mix of everything πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, Beth ❀ ❀

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      1. That’s all right! πŸ˜€ ❀
        Yeah it's definitely crazy, sometimes the ideas I get are nothing similar to the stories I got the inspiration from. Our minds just work in strange ways when it comes to inspiration.
        I think the idea I have is something from loads of different sources, so much so now I couldn't pinpoint just one.
        That's all right! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  5. ASD.FJA;SLDKFJA;LSDFJAD Marie is talking about her writing omg???? Your book sounds so GOOD and I’m just dying of anticipation to learn more about it! Especially that talk about building sheds + boarding schools + childhood friends!!

    Oh, I love Let It Go by James Bay! It’s SUCH a beautiful song, god. I also love his other songs (especially Hold Back the River). I don’t usually have music that inspires me to write, but listening to music while I’m writing is usually calming for me. (Except when it’s Hamilton. πŸ˜‚) I honestly don’t know what I’m inspired by?? Like you and all writers ever, parts of the world just inspire me to form a story in my head.

    Pinterest is also a great source of inspiration. πŸ˜‰

    I’M SO EXCITED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR NOVEL BECAUSE IT SOUNDS AMAZING AND I’M SO GLAD YOU SHARED!!! ❀

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    1. Ohhhh May you are WAY TOO SWEET THANK YOU ❀ ❀ I'm feeling the pressure now πŸ˜‚ but I'm also so happy you have such a positive feedback about it all already, thank you ❀
      Ohhhh yes, James Bay has so many beautiful songs, I love him!
      THANK YOU AGAIN, you're the SWEETEST ❀ ❀

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  6. I like to use my dreams as inspiration. I have vivid dreams that are generally cohesive with multiple scenes that connect together. They tell me about myself – and truly show me the vast range of creativity my brain contains. Normally characters aren’t that vivid, but the setting is. Even for dreams I had years ago, I can visualize a specific setting. I like to think about the place (and what I remember happening there) to come up with wild ideas.

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    1. Ohhhh that’s SO great – it’s so good that you can actually remember your dreams so well, to use them as an inspiration! I wish I could remember my dreams as well πŸ˜‚ It has to be so great, revisit and reinvent your own dreams with your own stories. I love it.
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀

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      1. I read in a book about lucid dreaming that if you keep a dream journal – writing down anything you remember, even if it is just a single word, will start signaling to your brain, “hey, this is important. Let’s keep this information.” So if you like make it a big deal when you remember anything and make sure to keep recording them and especially trying to hold onto them after you just woke up, eventually you will be able to remember more and more. Typically I don’t write mine down but I have before and I think it really does help, but you gotta make sure to keep up with it.

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  7. I usually found my writing inspirations from Tumblr, song lyrics and Pinterest. Pinterest is a real lifesaver on guiding me on what kind of stories that I wanted it to be.

    By the way, congrats on finishing your WIP! I’m still struggling to finish my stories because I don’t know how to make the characters don’t sound like me. And this is just a suggestion, but I’ll love to read more about your writing stories!

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    1. Ohhh yes – Tumblr and Pinterest are SO good to inspire us…well, except when we get lost for hours, scrolling and scrolling πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so, so much, I’m glad you liked this! I’ll try to talk a bit more about it all ❀

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  8. Definitely want to read more about your WIP, especially now! And also, I do that. A lot. My brain seems to make all these crazy connections that don’t even make much sense to me sometimes but yeah. Playlists, aesthetics… I love them to bits! I’m a bit lazy creating them, though, so I mostly just browse other talented people’s hahaha
    My current obsession? I don’t know… I have so many! I’m really loving the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy so maybe that.
    Anyway, great post, Marie! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ohh thank you, Sophie! I’m going to try and talk a bit more about it, I think ❀
      Ahahah right? Sometimes I have no idea how my brain just jumps from one idea to another, but…it's a lot of fun πŸ™‚
      Ohhhh, you are liking this series. It is on my TBR, I really want to read it πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much ❀ ❀

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  9. Ok don’t kill me but i’ve never seen Dawsons Creek…
    I get inspired by a host of things but I find music is very inspiring for me. I plug my headphones in and play some old songs and then play a game of Temple Run (oldie but goodie) on my phone and it lets my brain just flow. I get so many ideas come to mind! A old song which is great I think for any sort of fight scenes is well anything by Evanescence but mostly Wake Me Up. A sped up version of that makes my brain really begin to turn with ideas for a heroine fight scene.
    I’ve been very inspired by alot of Dystopian texts though. That’s sorta the genre i’m going for with my writing!

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    1. Hahaha oh, I won’t kill you don’t worry ahah. This show was ALL of my early teenage years, I was obsessed and even now, I re-watch it at times even though it’s super old and cheesy hahaha.
      I play Temple Run too!! It’s so much fun haha πŸ˜›
      I love Evanescence’s songs, they are SO inspiring, I agree! ❀ ❀
      Also, dystopian texts, wow – I'm always a bit nervous about world-building, though I do have TONS of weird ideas inside my head with these kind of worlds too. Dystopian texts and…unfortunately, the real world too, are inspirational for sure πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Hannah! ❀ I hope you'll want to share some of your writing or something someday ❀

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  10. I love this! I’m mostly inspired by books and old fairytales! I’ve never been inspired for a story by music, but that is cool! I’m also not super inspired by shows, I feel like my feels for shows are a lot less than other people’s haha. But it’s always cool to see where other writers’ insolation comes from! I also take a lot of inspiration from pinterest by making aesthetic boards for my WIPs!

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    1. I really need to get into this whole Pinterest thing – I made aesthetics and did research on Pinterest and things when I wrote my WIP, but I never really got into the whole boards-creation thingy. I should, though, it sounds like A LOT of fun – also, super time consuming? ahah πŸ˜›
      Thank you so, so much, Esther! It is SO cool you’re inspired by old fairytales, I love these ❀

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      1. It’s super fun! And yeah hahahaha it’s basically another rabbit hole to fall down when you are procrastinating doing actual work XD
        Awe thank you! I basically breathe fairytales!! You’ll most likely find influences from them in most of my stories πŸ˜‰

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  11. I always love reading about your WIP, Marie 🌸
    I still love the whole forest, beach and best friend feel, I think it’s an amazing concept! I loved that you were inspired by so many things! I haven’t watched Dawson Creek yet but I know it’s kinda creepy, which is good! Plus I love 9 crimes by Damian Rice – it’s one of my all time favourite songs!

    Good luck with editing or starting something new, whatever you choose will be amazing 🌸

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Michelle, this makes me SO happy ❀ ❀
      Thank you for your sweet words as well, I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do next ahah, but I'm hopin it will be good πŸ™‚ ❀

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  12. OMG YOUR WIP SOUNDS SO EXCITING!! I really REALLY R E A L L Y REAAALLLLLYYY WANT TO READ IT!!! It just sounds like so amazing and amazing and amazing and I NEED IT RIGHT NOW.

    As a writer, i am inspired by…well my own experiences? i sometimes hear snippets of conversations and then go on a whole ‘imagine if’ thing in my head but always forget to write these downs. usually, it’s just me in different places and random places like a chicken and chip shop and some ideas just come to me?? change of scenery is basically what works best for me. i have to be outside for my brain to think up ideas. What is your to-go-to to find inspiration for your stories? How do you put yourself into inspiration-seeking mode?

    Oh and Pinterest. FOR THE aesthetic OF COURSE

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    1. Ohhhh THANK YOU, you are WAY too sweet, I’m so, SO happy that you’re enjoying what I’m sharing so far. I’m hoping to maybe share snippets or something someday?! Who knows ahah πŸ˜›
      OHHH I DO THAT too! I kind of listen to conversations and make up stuff in my head all the time ahah. Being outside and seeing the world, people, everything, really IS so inspiring ❀ ❀ I don't really put myself into inspiration-seeking mode – it just happens, at home or outside, in random situations, I get bursts of inspiration and ideas ahah.
      YEEES, the aesthetiiics ❀
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, you're the best! ❀ ❀

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  13. Hello Marie! Happy (as always) to read more about your WIP πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Like you, I find writing inspiration in the world around me. It’s hard to say exactly where they come from! Sometimes I have an interesting conversation with a friend, neighbour or even stranger, and it makes me think, “oh, that’s an idea for a character/plot point!” I also find inspiration when I am alone, that’s when I can really let my inspiration run wild πŸ™‚

    One thing I learned is that I MUST write my ideas down the moment I get them – or else I will likely forget them later! I like that someone else mentioned that they get ideas from dreams – I have some awesome dreams sometimes, and in my dream I think, “whoa! this is going to be a GREAT story idea”, but I forget completely about it when I wake up :’)

    Looking forward to more WIP confessions ❀

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    1. Hi Sophie! Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment ❀ ❀
      Oh I get it – sometimes it's so hard to pinpoint EXACTLY what inspires us. There's just so many things around us, conversations, people, books…everything is constantly mixing up in our minds, I guess πŸ™‚
      OH YES – me too, but…I often forget to, or I get ideas at night and then fall asleep before writing it down ahah. It's SO important to try and write down all the things, they might be useful sometime for sure πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much, you're so sweet ❀ ❀

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