I used to be struck with sudden inspiration all the time. I could hear a song, read a quote, smell something, see something, etc. Off of one of those things, I’d already have a chapter written out in my head. I find it so strange that now that I really want to write and post short stories for others consumption, I’m creatively bankrupt. It’s frustrating too, and I’m not sure I can even call it writers block since I haven’t really begun to write. Lol.
Oh, well that actually isn’t completely true. I’ve played around with a few characters and a few story lines. Thus far though, I haven’t gotten more than one or two paragraphs into anything. I’m not sure how to feel because this is all really new to me (writing for others to read outside of a classroom) so of course I thought I’d ask everyone that reads this and happens to write themselves how they do it. I know that everyone lacks inspiration at times but my well is DRY and its becoming alarming. Haha, no not really. It’s annoying, though.
I think that in the week I’m going to take a new approach to it. When I was younger, I would come up with my characters first. Their names, physical appearances and backstories would always be incredibly detailed. Then I would move onto how they were connected. Next would be their homes. Then and only then could a story start for me. I’m not sure why I’ve shied away from that particular method. In my mind, I believe it seems like it isn’t the way to go because I was so young so I’ve equated it with juvenile writing. Why my thoughts are like that I have no idea because it doesn’t make sense. What works, well…works. That was working for me then so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for me now. Also, I did start writing on actual notebook paper yesterday and got pretty far. That was an interesting find because for so long I have been exclusively drafting on computers only. I couldn’t tell you the last time I drafted anything on paper after the age of like 10 even for school. When I was writing on the paper, it seemed like the ideas were just flowing from my mind. They made a full circuit through my body, sat in my heart for a bit and then shot through my right hand, through the pen onto the paper. I haven’t felt that in so long, so it was like home. Sadly, I got interrupted (I was at work) so I stopped. I haven’t looked at my notebook since (this was yesterday), but hopefully when I do I will be able to pick right back up where I left off.
I also think that I’m going to try to write in some different environments and times throughout the day to see how that effects me. I know that I am in my zone when I’m in a quiet place, with something to drink like tea or a frappe and the sun beaming through the window that I’m writing next to. Unfortunately in Wisconsin that can only really happen for three months out of the year. So, while I’m still here, I’m going to have to figure out what my other happy places are.
What do you guys do to help you with inspiration? Please leave me a suggestion below. I can’t wait to get some stories up for you all. Also, what do you think would be better? One full short story at a time, chapters, etc? Let me know!
Good vibes to you all,