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Writing Inspiration

Writing is not always easy. Every little thing around me turns into a distraction the second I sit down to write. There are always certain chapters that I cannot wait to write, but between those are the necessary, not-so-exciting parts of a novel. For example, when the heroine is at a ball and engages in a vital conversation with her best friend. Those scenes make me feel as though I have returned to high school and am forced to write a book review on a novel I found enjoyable. While I don’t mind it overly much, that book review is still homework. The remaining moments, the exciting ones, make up for all the painstakingly dreary ones. When the hero and heroine meet for the first time, or the first time they kiss are what I live for. I cannot wait to write those words.

Novels do not create themselves. I know, it seems like an obvious statement, but until I wrote my first novel, To Tempt a Viscount, I had no idea how true that statement was. While I had a general idea of the overall plot, I had to create each little scene along the way. Sadly, I cannot brainstorm a scene in front of a laptop. When I need inspiration, I have to take advantage of the methods that work for me, which are listed below.

  1. Listen to music. – I love music. I have a Pandora station that I listen to throughout the day, which means that whenever I engage in point 2,3, or 4, I also listen to music.
  2. Do something physical. – When I say do something physical, I mean anything that allows you to think. Go for a walk, do some dishes, just do something. Oh, and make sure you have a notepad or phone handy to jot down notes. I swear every time I go for a jog, I have to stop to write something down. They don’t always make sense after my run, but I usually can decipher the general idea.
  3. Go for a drive. – No one should ever take this point lightly. Some of my best ideas occurred when I took a road trip or drove home from the grocery store. Focusing one’s thoughts on an actions somehow allows other ideas to arise. It seems counterintuitive, but it works.
  4. Channel your angst. – There are always those moments when a person fails to measure up to someone’s standards. In my case, it is often my own standards I fall short of, and those moments inevitably lead to optimal writing. I feel the writing. I want my characters to experience heartbreak or delve into their own darkness. Unfortunately, I have no magical way to conjure my angst, except to listen to sad music or read something beautiful and hope it rears its morose little head.

Finally, I have one point for what a writer must never do. Never, ever tell someone an idea until it is completed, because if that someone raises the slightest objection, doubts will kill that idea. This has happened twice in recent memory, which is why I am gradually turning into a bit of a recluse.

What inspires you? I am sure there are a number of methods I have not found, so if there is something that has inspired you, please comment. I will have to give it a try.

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