Some weeks are just tough on the old writing front. When the creative well is more of a dust bowl than a gushing font of inspiration. In times-gone-by I may have lamented my lack of talent and wallowed in self-pity, but frankly I just don’t have the time. Any writing time is precious and I will not waste it staring at a blank page.
So what’s a girl to do?
In times like these it pays to have a back-up plan. The tried and true things that have inspired in the past and are likely to help again. (Sort of like Batman’s utility belt…).
So here’s what works for me:
1. Phone a Friend.
I’m pretty lucky to have some truly awesome, hang out in the same geographical location, writing friends. We try and catch up at least once a week and do a couple of chapter edits on each other’s WIPs. (Check out Chapter Edits – A Quick Overview to see what I mean).
I was able to hang out with one of these friends last night – dragging my stalled plot point along with me. Her feedback, and genuine interest in my story was hugely inspiring. She asked great questions about my villain’s motives, and as I explained these to her, a lot of new possibilities suddenly opened up. Now I can’t wait to get stuck in and write them!
I wish Bono was my phone a friend, but I am just as grateful I own a lot of their music. It’s fair to say their music makes up most of the soundtrack to this trilogy, and for some reason really transports me back to that world.
The tracks I’ve been listening to on loop this week: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, With or Without You, Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, One, Walk On and Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own.
3. Visual Diaries.
Skimming through these images, whether it’s a mood, a place, or the expression on someone’s face – is often enough to get the creative juices flowing.
The photo shoot of the man and woman looking at each other was inspiration for two characters in the third book (Eleanor and Andreas – and no it isn’t a romance…).
4. Other People’s Books.
When I’m creatively flat I often find somebody else’s great writing can be an inspiration too. I usually try to keep within the genre I’m writing, to remind myself of the reasons I enjoy it.
Occasionally this backfires horribly and elicits feelings of utter inadequacy… in which case I head over to position five…
5. Inspirational Posts.
I subscribe to some great blogs, and tend to bookmark posts that are really uplifting. People who stuck at it and got published, other people in the same boat who are keeping on keeping on, and even those who give you a good kick in the pants and say ‘just get on with it’. This usually reminds me of the higher goal and encourages me to get back in the writing saddle again.
And when all else fails, there’s always youtube and the lolcats…
Glad to say the writing is still on track!
How about you? What’s on your inspirational utility belt?
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