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Creative Visualization

Yesterday I did something I haven’t done in years – and I’m not talking about buying a hairbrush


Inspired by my friend [info]catephoenix, who put up a trailer for one of her short stories the other day, I recorded some music for one I made for my, as yet unpublished, YA novel, Fur-Face.


For about fifteen years before we moved here, I was the lead singer in a rock band, Gentleman Jones. All part time, and without commercial success of course, but we had a lot of laughs and recorded several albums. When we moved here five years ago, I made a conscious decision to focus on my writing, so I’ve done very little on the music front, until yesterday.  I told myself it was okay, because the music was writing related – a form of creative visualization if you will.


Oddly enough, it really did get me fired up about writing, which got me thinking. 

What techniques do you guys use to motivate yourselves about your work?

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Jun. 9th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
The necklace idea sounds interesting. Would you plan to feature it in a book trailer, or even a cover?
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Jun. 9th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
It beats the bookmark and candy thing, though you'd have to make it asexual, or else do something else for us manly type men ;)
Jun. 9th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
Those book trailers seem to be all the rage now-a-days. Wish I could do one.

Music has always inspired me. When I listen to music either for relaxation or during my workout, I invision scenes from a story, how it plays out, the dialogue everything, and later, write it down. It seems to stick in my head more if it's connected to a favorite song.
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
That makes sense, after all, there's a reason they add music to movies.
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Jun. 9th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say it was the recording the music that motivated me, though it was great fun. I think it was more the idea of one day having a book deal to go with the trailer :)
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of performance oriented, and I enjoy doing book readings frequently as a way to get myself up about what I do. I toy with the idea of doing podcasts from time to time.

Jun. 9th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
I did an spoken voice recording for a friend of mine a few years ago. There's a lot of post-studio editing involved. On the other hand, a pod cast wouldn't have to be to such a high standard, unless you plan to sell them.

Sounds like a great idea to me :)
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'm actually playing with voice recording stuff. Man there are an awful lot of software tools and not enough time to learn them all.
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
I recommend SoundForge.
Jun. 9th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
Since I am a filmmaker as well as a writerI have to say something with pictures gets me going on my writing. It can be going out shooting for a while on the short doc I am working on, jumping into helping a friend with their film project, taking some great still pix or just spending a few hours downlaoding pix and sorting them on the computer or editing what I have shot. All of these things stir up the creative juices to get me going on my writing of both my book and my screenplay.

I am also big on play or fun writing to word or picture prompts or LJ challenges and that will get me going on my writing too.
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
There are some great book trailers out there. I wonder how long it will be before someone gets a movie deal based on their early work in this field.
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
I am going to be doing a trailer for my book this summer too. I already have the actors, DP, etc set up to go. I just have to set up a time and get a schedule down for filming it. I think it's a great idea and a great way to promote your book in this day and age.
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Sounds interesting. I look forward to seeing the results :)

Edited at 2009-06-09 05:04 pm (UTC)
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
For me the biggest single motivator in writing is that I want to read my own story. And I can't do that until I finish it!
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Excellent point :)
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Tchaikovsky's violin concerto in D minor never fails to inspire me. It starts down in the pit of my soul and works its way out every hair follicle. I think I might even glow a little. No, really! Oh, wait--that might be the irradiated blood I got last night. :-P
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Glowing irradiated blood? Now there's a writing prompt :)

And hey, watch it with the hair follicle cracks ;)
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Coffee & Trailers
Coffee. Lots of coffee.

I like trailers, too. Good ones. There are some bad ones out there that seem to do harm to the book's promotion. But the good ones are great sales tools.

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Jun. 9th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Coffee & Trailers
lol. You should compile a list of all the bad ones, for a whatever you do, don't do this post :)
Jun. 9th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
How cool are you. I'm in complete awe.
Jun. 9th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't say that if you heard the music ;) Besides, lots of people can play Chopsticks on the spoons :)
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