Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Inspiration or Lack of Inspiration?
What do you do when you're lacking inspiration? Do you write anyhow? Do you eat chocolate? Do you clean the house? Do you go shopping? Do you read a book?
As writers, the best thing we can do when we are lacking inspiration is: write anyhow.
** Google writing prompts and force yourself to write a piece of flash fiction.
** Open a book on the craft of writing--just flip randomly to a page--and use whatever revising, writing, or editing technique is discussed on that page to improve your current work in progress.
** Write a scene in first person; then rewrite it in third person; then rewrite it in second person.
Basically, if you are lacking inspiration, spend some time exercising your writing skills. Sometimes it's necessary to chop down less trees and take time to sharpen the axe.