When I’m having a hard time falling asleep, when my mind won’t stop throwing up new worries or old memories or random fears, I listen to white noise tracks, preferably nature sounds. (Here’s a short playlist of some of my favourites)
In doing this, I unintentionally discovered that listening to these soundscapes provides me with lots of ideas for stories (or further developments for works in progress).
(It is not, however, particularly helpful in getting to sleep!)
Listen for a while. Maybe 5 minutes, maybe more. (I will warn you that some of the tracks are many hours long…)
Let your mind wander as you immerse yourself in the sounds. What do you think of? What images come to your mind? How do you feel?
Then write a story based on your reaction and the ideas that have come to you.
It might be something quite literal (like rain falling on a roof inspiring a story of being inside a cabin during a storm) or less so (for example, the feelings of isolation or coziness that arise).
Monique (she/her) is a lesbian science fiction writer living in Ottawa (Canada), with her cat Janeway and many (many) plants. Her latest story, “Touching Mars,” can be found in Bicycles & Broomsticks: Fantastical Feminist Stories about Witches on Bikes (January 2023). She can be found at notwhereilive.ca
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