Last week, YA author/book reviewer extraordinaire Phoebe North shared her thoughts on reading other novels while drafting. I agree 100% with the idea of embracing stories while working on your own, mainly because it fuels me to write deeper, richer books. I've seen my creativity dip when I'm not reading other books, or watching TV shows/movies. In fact, I'm going to show you three examples that have recently fed my creativity and have lit a fire on my current WIP.
A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness
Awesome Character Development + Awesome Voice + It Made Me Sob = EPIC WIN
GAME OF THRONES on HBO (based on the series by G.R.R. Martin)
Awesome Characters + Awesome Worldbuilding + Political Intrigue + WTF Moments Galore = SUPER EPIC WIN
THE IDES OF MARCH
Political Intrigue + Awesome Performances + Seamless Plotting + RYAN GOSLING = *dies*
So there you go--some of my never ending sources of inspiration. Each and every one of them makes me want to write better. And I can't thank them enough :)
Now tell me: do you read/watch TV or movies while drafting?? If so, share your three examples in the comments!