I've just recently been able to travel to San Antonio where The Alamo is located. If you've been there, you know how it just sort of pops up. It's in the middle of the down town and it's a whole lot smaller then you would expect. When you walk in however, you can just feel the history. The frightened men's voices. The cries of the women and children listening as the battle rages, helpless.
Safe to say, my story wheels were spinning.
I do believe that you can find imagination material anywhere. By just looking in the rooms and picturing yourself during that time and place, you have a story in the making. I saw myself as one of the women crowded into the little room, wondering what was happening, wishing I could do something. I mean these things really happened! People were in that very room I was standing in, scared out of their wits and praying they would make it out alive.
That's one of the amazing things about The Alamo. The fact that it still stands watching over San Antonio, Texas. That history is still there, protected within its walls. It still holds memories and stories. That's something that astounds me.
How do you spin a story out of history?
1) Try and put yourself into the actual story.
Surround yourself with it. Create characters and place them around you. How would you react to this situation? What would you be doing? What would you be feeling?
2) Researching the event.
This is my weak spot. I hate researching things for some reason. I guess its just to tedious for me, but if you want to get your facts right, research is key.
3) Write it out.
Well yeah. Duh. The thing is though, we sometimes only keep the story in our heads and we don't commit the words to paper. Please don't do that. Write it down, even if you think its horrible, because chances are, its something brilliant.
Let me add on to this. Write everything down. If you have some sort of scene playing in your head that you continue adding on to, write it down before you lose it. You never know when it's going to come in handy.
That's all for today! Thank you for reading!