Ah Bourbon Street…
Your intoxicating music that has my hips swaying, the shouts and screams and occasional *whoops* cleavage flashing for some cheap beads.
And don’t let me get started on the awesome smells of shrimp gumbo and the mouth watering beignets from Cafe Du Monde.
More smells include sweaty bodies and beer permeating the air mixed with some awful smell that smells suspiciously like…
Vomit… and actual vomit upside the wall in the corner. *Look away and hold nose*
Okay. That was some grossness up my nose.
But on a brighter note, going to Bourbon street last night really showed me how serious I am about my writing. While my family dragged me through the crowds and waved their hands at the parades for the best beads and glow sticks, I had my head nailed in my phone typing furiously away on my phone at my next scene in my book.
But one good thing about it is that not once did they get impatient with me although I did catch that subtle *look* thrown in my direction when I missed an awesome float pass by.
I would like to take the time out right now to say how very sorry I am for missing that awesome float with lights.
On a good note, I somehow managed to almost complete an entire scene just by watching people interact, smell all of the interesting and sometimes gross nose invasion smells at times… and try to hide my laugh when a drunk person slipped and fell on a pair of beads and proceeded to throw up the middle finger at the beads for “daring to make him fall.”
The nerve of those beads.
My point is that as writers, it’s our job to look at the world around us for inspiration.
Does that inspiration cost money? Nope, not a dime.
Where do you find it?
Drum roll please…
The answer is to look at the world around you and draw inspiration from it. Any smells, sights, sounds, and even people having a simple conversation can give you inspiration.
So grab on and hold on tight to it! The best part about it is all that inspiration is free and you can get it by opening your eyes to the sights around you or just by simply clicking on the T.V. And doing a little channel surfing.
You’ll be amazed by how inspired you feel in the end.
So.. That is your homework for today kiddos. Get to channel surfing, sniff the air around you, and “people watch” but don’t be a creep about it.
Now it’s your turn! What helps you guys get your inspiration? 🙂