Writers are constantly on the look out for the next idea for a book or scene/character in a book they are writing. I have written many posts in this blog and my sister writing blog, http://www.thrillingwriting.wordpress.com about where writers can get their inspiration from.
One type of source that can be of great inspiration to writers are museums and art galleries. I have recently had some time in London and took in a few. The possibilities are endless, all of that history and culture right there in front of you is breath taking. It may be a piece of rock or a long extinct animal, but something about it or the blurb sheet that tells you a bit about it, where it came from, how it lived and so on can spark the writer into a frenzy of new ideas.
I have recently turned to a new genre to write in and came up with a new animal for a specific purpose. It came as no surprise to me to find an extinct example of something quite similar in the Natural History Museum. It has enabled me to “see” the creature as I had perceived it and make some adjustments to accommodate its life.
In art galleries a writer can be lost in viewing and marvelling at the expressive form of another’s work. Great sculptures depicting ancient battles or conflict have been brought to life by the sculpture and in visualising this the writer can see in great detail how the human form works. By studying the work, the writer can allow their imagination to flow and from that, great ideas come.
The next time you get the chance to take in some culture it would be worth grabbing the chance with both hands. It will enable those creative juices to flow and what’s more, the journey there and back and the people you see in their daily lives will also add to the great volume of human observation that a writer needs to make their writing zing.