5 Ways to Seek Multimedia Writing Inspiration

5 Ways to Seek Multi-Media Inspiration for Your Writing

5 Ways to Seek Multimedia Writing Inspiration PinterestWe live in a world saturated with artistic creativity. For writers, this means inspiration is all over the place. All you have to do is open a magazine, read a book, turn on the television, or switch to a new radio station.

In my book Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration, I specifically touch upon how to use music to up our creative output. But you can tap into all kinds of media for an extra-inspiration boost. Following are some ideas.

1. Create Story-Specific Playlists

Conquering Writer's Block and Summoning Inspiration K.M. Weiland Audio BookEvery time you hear a song that fits your story or inspires some new aspect, save it on a playlist on your computer. You’re creating your own personalized story soundtrack! Whenever you need a dab of inspiration, give it a listen. Plus, it’s great fun for sharing with your readers, when the book is published.

As an addendum to the above, don’t forget to give each character a theme song. Not only is it fun, but it can help distill the character’s personality and inner goals.

2. Cast Your Characters

We all dream of getting our NYT bestselling book made into a blockbuster movie. So why wait on the all-important decision of choosing which actors should play your characters? Putting a face, voice, and gestures to your characters (particularly minor characters) can work wonders for bringing them to vivid three-dimensional life.

3. Visualize Your Story as a Movie

Whenever I’m approaching a tricky scene, I stop, close my eyes, and try to visualize what the scene would look like in a movie. I visualize everything: angles, lighting, stage directions. I even try to conjure up a soundtrack sometimes. The results are pretty interesting.

4. Keep a Photo Album

Thanks to the Internet, tracking down specific photos and bookmarking them or saving them to your computer is the easiest thing in the world. For every novel I write, I keep folders within folders of inspiring pix, everything from the characters themselves to settings to costumes to vehicles to pets. Not only are the pictures an endless well of inspiration, but they also come in handy for maintaining consistency in details.

5. Create Props

Dreamlander K.M. WeilandSometimes a handful of props can come in very handy for inspiring or choreographing a scene. For my fantasy Dreamlander, I used a sword-shaped letter opener in planning battle scenes. If your character receives an important letter, write the letter out for yourself and play around with the crinkle of the envelope. If a stolen necklace features prominently, buy a cheap replica and wear it while writing.

Who says writing has to be confined to words on paper? If we branch out from our notebooks and pens or our keyboards and word processors, we may find that a whole interactive world of multi-media inspiration is waiting for us to discover and play with.

Wordplayers, tell me your opinion! What multi-media inspiration has influenced your stories? Tell me in the comments!

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. Thank you again for being our guest!

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  3. You have a fantastic blog! I just watched your vlog in the previous post and enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the Twitter follow, and I look forward to reading more from you here.

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  5. I just dropped in at Sisters in Scribe and checked out your interview–great ideas there! Thanks for the tips, and thanks for dropping in with a comment at my place. It was great to hear from you 🙂

  6. Thanks for reading! And you’re very welcome for the comment. I always enjoy reading your blog, and I’m sorry I haven’t time to check in more often.

  7. All our senses are powerful in changing the way we write. The tips you mentioned are great. I also find I light a scented candle, write where I can see the sun set, etc. Plus, I let my word processor read out my scenes so I get to truly experience them with another sense.

    Thanks for another great article!

  8. What fun!

  9. SJ Robertson says

    These are all great tips, most of which I use. I have a Pinterest storyboard for each novel, a playlist for each novel, and then separate playlists for each hero and heroine. 🙂

  10. M. L. Bull says

    Fun post! I like to listen to music while I write and use photos of actors/actresses or stock images of people on my character profiles. It really helps me picture things a lot better. I also draw maps, if writing a story in a fictional town/city.

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