I find this video of Rebecca Miller, author of ‘The Secret Lives of Pippa Lee’ completely inspiring. Not just for her eloquence and openness in talking about her creative process but also for the beguiling wall behind her in the video.
I confess to often watching police dramas and being captivated by their ‘crime board’ – you know the big board that onto which they haphazardly pin all sorts of intriguing pictures and clippings and other what-nots. I love the way they stare at it for crime-busting inspiration and occasionally, if we are really lucky, get out bits of string and piece together the crime through the power of the thumb-tack. As a stationery addict, it almost, nearly makes me want to apply to Detective School. But…. Then I remember that the uniform for a bobby on the beat is almost universally unflattering and that the thought of training school and – gulp – obstacle courses and morning runs, has me crawling under the duvet in horror at the sheer physical effort. Inspector Morse I may be, but Cagney or Lacey, I most definitely am not.
Still, I digress. So for writers wanting some inspiration into process, this should be right up your alley.