This past year has been one of ups, downs, and in-betweens. I lost two people close to me, but published my first novel and submitted several potential works for possible future publication. Throughout this series of events it was often tough to dig out some writing inspirations of 2015.
Throughout the emotional minefield of 2015 I drew writing inspirations from many different areas. Over the past two days I looked at items 10 – 8, and then items 7 – 4. Join me today to see the top 3.
03 – Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
This is another borderline cheat, as its really the entire Cormoran Strike novel series by Galbraith that has provided true inspiration, and actually motivated me to craft my third novel around a criminal investigation rather than the more military/covert operations tactics of my first two novels. For those who don’t know, Robert Galbraith is a pen name of infamous Harry Potter author JK Rowling, but these novels are quite different from the world of the child wizard. Cormoran Strike is a fascinating and flawed character with many rich and complex layers, and the stories told around that character are fascinating to say the least. The most recent novel, Career of Evil was indeed released in 2015, though the universe as a whole is what has provided my most writing inspirations.
02 – Captain America: Civil War Trailer
A two minute trailer? Really?
Yes, really. If I can see any direct Marvel connections with William Strickland, it would be Captain America, a relatively normal man who wants to serve his country and goes through countless genetic experiments to become a better soldier. Like Captain America himself, Strickland’s world is turned upside down and he suddenly finds himself a man without a family in a world he doesn’t understand, trying to discover his new found abilities as he searches for those that he loves.
If it had been released in 2015, Captain America: Winter Soldier would have been on this list, one of my favorite films of all time with fantastic dialogue, rich character interactions, and some kick ass fight scenes to boot. Every time I see Chris Evans in action as Captain America that’s how I view Strickland in his world, someone with physical abilities north of normal who merges those abilities with an aggressive fighting style. This two minute trailer was an amazing combination of adrenaline pumping battle sequences and character introductions. After watching this two minute trailer, I crafted, no lie, 8,000 words over the following few days, fueled almost completely by the short sequences developed for this trailer. It was an amazing experience.
01 – Runkeeper
In the year 2000 I topped the scales at 325 pounds and decided that it was probably time to make some changes. In the 15 years since then I’ve spent a lot of time in the gym and a lot of time watching what I eat, and I’ve managed to fight and claw my way down to around 185 pounds. But I felt like I hit a stalemate.
In the spring of 2015 I decided I wanted to try outdoor running. I had a new job with a long commute which afforded me much less time to go to the gym, so I decided to start getting up at 4:00am to go for a run while the weather was nice.
Throughout the entirety of 2015, I ran over 350 miles and burned over 50,000 calories, and even more importantly I had a blast doing it. I discovered an activity that I didn’t know I loved, and while recent weather has stopped me from partaking in recent months, I found great sources of inspiration from some of those long runs. The thoughts and feelings just flow with that adreneline running, and I’m pretty sure the majority of book three’s outline was crafted through various 6 – 10 mile runs over the summer. Without a doubt if I hadn’t discovered how much I loved to run, I’m not sure book two or three would be where they are right now.
In truth, 2015 was a year of great emotional challenges. It was a difficult time. But drawing from many sources of inspiration helped put my mind at ease and focus on my writing. I’m extremely excited by what I was able to accomplish in 2015, and I’m really looking forward to what’s still to come in the year ahead. I hope you will all join me.
Check out the previous two installments at the links below: