Many people ask where did you get your ideas from, but this chapter asks, how do you keep the inspiration coming?
If we are working toward a career in writing fiction, we can’t wait for inspiration to strike us. We have to create an atmosphere conducive to creating ideas. In Art of War for Writers, James Scott Bell suggests going for walks, keeping paper and pencil handy, brainstorming, and waiting until the next day to assess them. He refers a lot to the “boys in the basement” a phrase coined by Stephen King from his book, On Writing. “It refers to the writer’s subconscious mind. Prompting the boys to do their work is one of the best ways to get through a wall.”
I’ve experienced this. When I’ve been consistent with my writing and reading, I’ve found idea after idea coming to me throughout the day in numerous of ways. But as soon as I get out of my creative routine, the well dries up.
At the moment…my well is dry. I took a year off of writing (sort of) when my baby girl was born, but now I’m getting back into the swing of things. Writing, reading, balancing reality with dreams. I’ve got a couple of projects I’m looking at tackling. Loads of fun. 🙂 New worlds to create, people to meet, stories to craft. And thanks to a writer friend of mine who did this, I’ve decided to create a board on Pinterest to collect photos to share the fun and keep the inspiration coming. Once I’m back in my groove, it will start up again. I just gotta stay focused, connected, and keep my priorities balanced.
So what say you? Is your well dry? Or over-flowing? What do you do to keep the inspiration coming?