There are days when my brain is simply on vacation. A total idea void. No thoughts appear. Nothing seems interesting. This is very typical writer’s block. That is when I start looking at the different sites I follow and reading the blogs with interesting titles. I try to see if something they have said can inspire me. Often that happens.
I subscribe to a really interesting and quirky blog: www.atlasobscura.com. Every couple of days, I receive an email from them with the subject line featuring one of their stories. Atlas Obscura includes blogs from all over the world, and often these blogs are about unusual places or events. The last one I received was really intriguing:
“The secret codes hidden in the books of a Scottish library”
Immediately, visions of the Knights Templar and the Rosslyn Chapel flew through my brain. Then, I thought, spies might leave codes for other spies in books. Or, could it be hints for treasure hunts being written into the books? Murder mystery? Secret society? Separated lovers? See what just a few of the possibilities could be? You can do better than this.
After I read the story, I had a good laugh – at myself. No, I am not going to spoil it for you. The reasons for the “codes” was not something I was expecting. See how your brain reacts to that title, then read the story yourself.
BUT! Every email has several unusual stories that could be the basis of either a fiction or non-fiction book. The possibilities become endless. Just in that email mentioned about, AO had links to a series of eclectic blogs: Wander Mongolia, Berkeley’s Hillside Paths, Exteme Unicycling (what could a writer do with that one!), Colorful Village, Wave Power Plants, Pickle Castors, and Friend Ghost Town. Just in one email.
Fill Your Idea Void
If you need a creativity jolt, if you have an idea void, this might be one of the sites you should follow. The variety of stories is simply endless. They can become the beginning of what you write.