Does what you read affect your writing? Possibly also the movies you watch? You can even use photos. What does the photo above make you want to write?
I used to love to read Flannery O’Connor because it made me write quirky stories about people I met briefly who were not like me–on the bus, at the plasma clinic, at the college music listening lounge. After going to a movie, especially at a theatre where you become more enmeshed in the story than when watching it on your own TV, I often felt like I was the main female character. Could this strategy be used to direct your writing purposefully? What if you wanted to write a spiritual journal-you could read Thomas Merton, A.W. Tozer, or C.S. Lewis. If you wanted to write a fantasy, you could read Tolkien.
But what does this say about you? Are you a chameleon? Try to develop your own opinions about everything. Try to look at situations–real or in your books–in a different way that’s unique to you. What can you offer the reading world that no one else can? By using your own experiences, thoughts, and dreams to guide you, you can have a totally new perspective that will open minds and hearts to your characters. Tell your own story.
Please comment with your thoughts about this. Your own new perspective.