Finding Inspiration in Unlikely Times and Situations

There are times during writing a novel that a writer can just become stuck at a certain point in the plot or they hit the dreaded writer’s block.

I have found myself at this stage recently.  I know where I want my storyline to go, but I need a connection between where the story is now and where it needs to be in two or three chapters time.

Footbridge over a railwayJust when I thought this was going to take a long time to figure out, BAM, I’m stood underneath an abandoned steel footbridge that has been consumed by ivy and  left to rot.

I discovered this footbridge whilst on a walk with two of my children.  We where following the route of a dismantled railway line that runs through parts of the Kent countryside.  The tracks are no longer there but the steep banks and tree canopy guided us through where steam engines once travelled.

The line is heavily over grown.  We had just managed to crawl under a fallen tree and there we were greeted with the sight of the footbridge.  It spanned across our path.  The steel frame was rusting away and the wooded slates were rotting away on the ground where they had fallen.

So just a random walk in the countryside has delivered a bridge way between a major part in my novel.  I can now sit and write my next two, maybe three chapters using this location as a focal point.  I took plenty of photographs to keep as reference to help me describe the details. I wish I took some video footage too for my YouTube Channel.  I can, of course use artist licence to exaggerate certain aspects of the location, but as a starting point, it is a perfect location.

So my point is that if you are suffering with writers block, or you just need a pinch of inspiration, don’t dispair, it could be just around the corner.

YouTube Channel Set Up and Waiting for Content

Lee OSullivan on YouTubeAfter reading plenty of “How to…” articles over the last few days, I realise that I need to get myself on as many social media platforms as a possible can.

I’ve been on Twitter for a long time already and I’m obviously on Facebook, but a YouTube channel was something that I didn’t think would be required as a writer.

BUT I have read plenty of articles that suggest that having a YouTube channel can really help boost your potential to create a fan base that will hopefully buy your books.

So I have followed that advice and set up my Lee OSullivan Writer YouTube channel.  I’m now in need of ideas of how to actually fill it with video content.  I don’t think that there is a huge gap in the market for videos of just writers typing away at a keyboard.  So a little ‘thinking outside the box’ is needed if I’m going to get a YouTube channel off the ground.

So far I have 3 concrete ideas in my head that I can quickly and easily film on a phone, edit and publish on YouTube in the coming weeks.  After that, I hope to have more ideas on how to generate enough content to keep any subscribers up to date.

Admittedly, I’m not blessed with the ability to be able to sit in front of a camera and waffle on like some YouTube presenters are, so my videos will be short and to the point.  I’ll have my first YouTube video online in a week or two.

Finding Social Media a Great Place to Bounce Ideas

Social Media for WritersI had been trying to keep away from social media writers groups. I’ve always been a little worried about leaking ideas that may get snapped up by somebody with more time to develop my ideas.

But after some thought, I decided to join some large writer groups on Facebook.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that these groups were not actually announcing there story ideas, but they are rather places to go to get hints and tips about writing styles and even writing software.

To be honest, I don’t see the need for specialist writing software. Writers have got by for hundreds of years with paper. But I was tempted to look at software that helps layout your plot lines and develop characters. This is something that I intend to look into a little further as soon as I get some spare time to weigh up the pros and cons.

I have also joined these groups to hopefully generate some link backs to this blog. I understand a little bit about search engine optimisation, and the need to gather backlinks. I’m hoping there are fellow bloggers who are willing to swap links.

Writing this post has also reminded me that I have not added any social media icons/links/buttons.

Lee OSullivan an Aspiring Writer, Writing his First Novel

Lee OSullivanI’m an aspiring author now living in Aylesham, Kent. I began to write a novel in 2007. It remained sitting on an old CD-ROM that I saved some old back-up files to. As my life changed, so did my spare time to continue to write.

So my days of trying to write a novel drifted away. Until I finally found myself with a great new job, a new house in the village of Aylesham in Kent. Luckily I have a habit of hoarding old CD-ROM’s for nostalgic reasons. So I was delighted that I had saved some of my early work on a novel that I intend to complete.

Now with more more time in the evenings to sit down and crack open a laptop. I can devote more time to work on a novel that has been knocking around in my brain for the best part of 15 years.

I have given myself a two year deadline to finish a first draft and start to think about letting anybody read it. I have given my two youngest children the first 20 pages to read, and their feedback was very encouraging.

I’m now in my very forties, and I intend to publish my fist novel in the next 3 years. Whether it is published by a publisher or whether I will need to self-publish remains to be seen.

I have even contemplated the idea of releasing episodes on a monthly blog. However, I don’t want to commit myself to tight deadlines, plus, I may change parts of the novel during the editing stages.