NERD NEWS: Looking for inspiration? Try the public domain

Nerd News | Tyler Sowles

Recently, I’ve been a bit bogged down in terms of motivation and felt as if I was running out of fresh ideas. If you’re the creative type like myself, there is nothing worse that coming to such a mental roadblock it’s stifling and frustrating.

Whether you are looking for ideas to get yourself out of a creative black hole, or just looking for something different to do, I would urge you to check out some public domain properties online.

Typically, I like to listen to music while I draw and work, but even my current music selection has become bland.

I was running out of ideas until I stumbled upon booksshouldbefree.com. I figured, what the heck, and browsed the vast library of public domain literature. To my surprise, I found tons of classics written by the masters of their time. Everything from “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells to “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen can be found there.

The greatest part, however, is that each of the audiobooks can be listened to completely free.

At first, I didn’t know where to start; it’s almost overwhelming when looking through the lists of famous literature.

I decided to start somewhat light, and with my recent fascination with the BBC hit, “Sherlock,” I figured Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery series would be an interesting listen. I have been hooked ever since, and I now find myself almost through with Watson’s narratives and eager to find more classic and engaging stories.

These free audiobooks prompted my interest in other public domain properties.

Much to my delight (and amusement) I ran across the site pdsh.wikia.com, a site with lists and descriptions of super heroes that now belong to the public. There are lists of amazing classic golden age characters like the Nazi fighting android, “The White Streak,” and the caped crime-fighter, the “Green Mask.”

Not only are the characters amusing, but anyone can use these properties to jumpstart there own ideas, stories and artwork. I actually plan on doing a redesign sketch of a new hero each week, just for fun.

A simple Google search of the public domain reveals even more properties and ideas; free music, images and films are just the tip of the iceberg.

Whether it’s for inspiration or entertainment, thousands of option wait at your fingertips. So why not give it a shot?

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