As I stand on the precipice of the great cliff of my handful of upcoming writing challenges, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about inspiration lately. Mostly on how I haven’t got much of it (at the moment) and how I know that often changes, but what exactly changes that? What happens to cause inspiration to flare up in our brains like a great beacon of light, leading us through the tumultuous waters of our imaginations and into the safe harbour of a developed work? What is it about this morning that has me feeling particularly lyrical, for example?
Well, that last one has an easy answer; I’m being influenced by the poetical language of the book I’m currently reading. And it’s usually the things around me that inspire my work, outside of my Aryneth series, which have been outlined and planned and plotted since I was in sixth grade. Relationships and events of my own world seem to colour any of my traditional, non-genre works; video games, music, and other books tend to sway my more genre-savvy pieces. But as October approaches, I realize I might be needed a little more. There’s an inherent problem in me taking on a challenge to write 70 stories by the end of the year: I don’t have 70 ideas to make into stories right now. I know that I’m going to work on finishing Serpent in a Cage for RoW80, but what about Sue’s Novel in 6 Months challenge? What in the world is that book going to be about? And I know there’s a month to think about it, but I’m still clueless about what to write for NaNoWriMo…
From Natalie Dee, always inspired and inspiring.
So…What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from? When you know you’ve got to think of something, what do you do? Do you have any particular rituals or places or activities that help you get your creative juices flowing?
I’m curious to see how other writers get their imaginations started and running when it seems to be stalled on a few other projects. Granted, maybe that’s my brain telling me that I should just focus on the projects I have going on right now, but my brain should know by now that I have no attention span for that sort of nonsense. I love being surrounded by all sorts of different ideas.
Though, really I imagine that, like everything else in life, Inspiration will decide to strike when I least expect it, and that’s probably the better way to go.