In honor of the holidays, the time when people all over are taking off work, today I’m blogging about something I bet you’ll all be doing during your break.
No, not that…you with your dirty minds.
I’m talking about watching television!
I’ll admit, I used to be against television. It was 1/4 due to all the propaganda out there about television being bad for your brain, and 3/4 due to the way I saw people around me disappear into their television screen during football season. Hell, for all I know, maybe the tube is bad for your brain. But ever since I’ve taken up writing on a professional basis, I’ve realized that, at least for me, its pros outweigh its cons.
As a visual person, I find television to be invaluable in stimulating my creativity. I write paranormal, and there are a few “go-to” shows that inevitably get my mind racing when I’m feeling out of steam. Interesting enough, they are all CW shows. I love Supernatural because of the strong dynamic between the two “brothers” on the show. Oh, and the fact that they’re major pieces of eye candy doesn’t hurt one bit, let me tell you. Smallville is set in such a fantastic world of superheroes that there’s no way an episode won’t get my creative juices flowing. Buffy’s Spike is another yummy bit of inspiration. And more lately, I’ve gotten into watching Nikita. Not paranormal, but the lead character is a kick-ass chick steeped in such vulnerability that I can’t turn away. The love-hate relationship between her and her former mentor is pretty darn hot, too.
So whenever I’m feeling stuck plotwise or with a scene I’m writing, I generally turn to the television, and to one of my favorite shows.
How about you? Do you find that television and movies stimulate your creativity? Or maybe music does it for you instead? What do you do to refill that creative well?