`1` Romance worth killing for
Shattering Romantic Suspense
Author Websites
Elisabeth Naughton
Joan Swan
Linda Winfree
 
Author's Latest Releases









Coming Soon

AddThis Feed Button

 
Industry Blogs We Like
Agent Obscura
Anatomy of a Book Deal
Bookends Literary Agency Blog
The Bradford Bunch
Buzz, Balls & Hype
Jennifer Jackson, Literary Agent
The Knight Agency
Magical Musings
Mid-Willamette Valley RWA Blog
Kristin Nelson, Literary Agent
Jenny Rappaport, Literary Agent
Miss Snark
Murder She Writes
Paperback Writer
Romancing The Blog
Running With Quills
Working Stiffs
Samhain Publishing
Wine Country Romance Writers, RWA
WriteMinded
 
Author Blogs We Like
Elisa Adams
Carol Burnside
Brenda Coulter
Tanya Holmes
Larissa Ione
Lydia Joyce
Elisabeth Naughton
Patti O'Shea
Edie Ramer
Kate Rothwell
Marissa Scott
Lynne Simpson
Amie Stuart
Joan Swan
Karin Tabke
Stephanie Tyler
Linda Winfree
 
Recommended Resources
Agent Query
Charlotte Dillon
Common Redundancies in Writing
Cop Talk--Karin Tabke
Crime in Mind
Cruisie/Mayer 2007 Online Workshop
Kiss of Death RWA Chapter
Publisher's Marketplace
Romance Agents
Romance Writers of America
 
Previous Blogs
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
November 2007
December 2007
January 2008
 
What We're Working On Now

Elisabeth: Marked

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
33,126 / 95,000
(34.9%)



Joan: Buried Secrets

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
68,000 / 115,000
(59.1%)


Linda: Facing It

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
45,540 / 85,000
(53.6%)

:~: Friday, July 28, 2006 :~:

Inspiration, or the Lack Thereof

I'm posting late today, for a variety of reasons, everything from a hair appointment to a spontaneous meeting at school.

The number one reason I'm blogging late?

I couldn't think of anything to write about.

I hear that from my students quite often -- "I can't think of anything!" "I don't know where to start!"

Sound familiar?

Inspiration can strike in the oddest of places -- a newspaper article, a photo, a snatch of conversation. But sometimes, it's nowhere to be found.

Here are my top strategies for breaking the lack of inspiration:

1) Reading
2) Taking a walk
3) Mowing the grass (I have no idea why, but it works for me)
4) Making lists -- just random words, etc.
5) Freewriting

What do you do when you're feeling less than inspired to write?

4Comments:

Blogger Joan Swan said...

I OFTEN have this problem when considering blog topics. Maybe because I'm trying to anticipate what others will want to read...which is an impossbile feat, maybe because I think my topic is boring or tired, maybe because I'm on the spot...OMG, a DEADLINE! Lord help me if...er, when, I sell!

Sometimes no matter what you do, inspiration or motivation or drive or whatever it is that's lacking continues to lack.

I think taking a break from writing is a good way to rekindle that flame.

Aside from the ones you've already mentioned, I like to: see a movie, go shopping (usually grocery shopping b/c I don't have the $$ to shop for anything else), organizing/uncluttering/cleaning the house, research, reading.

I'm looking forward to hearing other's techniques.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Evanne said...

Oddly enough, they're discussing the same topic over at www.plotmonkeys.com (another group blog).

Plain old writer's block hasn't been a problem for me - but there've been times when life's rich pagentry distracts me - so far it has always passed.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Linda Winfree said...

I felt like such a slug, Joan, for this post! But I honestly couldn't think of ANYTHING -- which is kinda rare for wordy ol' me. :-) I like the cleaning house thing, too. It's fairly mindless and lets my mind roam.

Evanne -- I love the "life's rich tapestry" idea. Sounds so much better than my full TTD list!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Taking a walk usually does it for me...if not I try reverse psychology, or at least my personal form of RP -- I read a book I hate.

I have a couple books I hate but that I refuse to get rid of. Why? Because when I'm uninspired/don't wanna write I pick it up. The characterization is bad, the plot is bad -- and it gives me that "I can do better than this" attitude and inspires me to get back to work. The words I write may not be great at that point but the process at least gets a few words on the page. :)

2:42 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home