Tags: creativity, inspiration, writer's block, writing novels
I am stuck with my creative writing. How can I get my mojo back?
What’s happened to my stories; where did they go?
The tales I‘m well into have just lost their flow.
What should I do to regain inspiration,
When rust is corroding my imagination?
My stories began with energy and verve,
And it seemed I had hit on my creative nerve.
But now that my characters have lives of their own,
They won’t tell me the next bit – it’s like talking to stone!
I’ve set them in time, and in distinctive places;
You wouldn’t expect they’d keep hiding their faces.
Yet that’s what they’re doing; they don’t seem to want me
To finish their stories; to let them be free.
Perhaps they don’t like what they’re expected to do;
They’re sulking, annoyed at a detail or two.
But I can’t change the fact that they put themselves there;
I just want to help them – don’t they know that I care?
Where are you Carla? What on earth are you doing?
Ben, surely you want to solve the mystery that’s stewing?
Then talk to me. Tell me, what’s happening next?
‘Cause I’m puzzled and lost – and very much vexed!
If you won’t let me come back and live in your tales,
I’ll cry, get depressed and believe that I’ve failed.
But if you take me back into these stories I’ve penned,
I can make it all right when we get to the end.
Inspiration! Come back!
(c) Linda Visman
Tags: inspiration, Kate Forsyth, writing ideas, writing prompts
What should I write about? How should I write it? It could be a blog entry or a short story or a poem they’d like to write. Some writers cannot easily bring ideas to mind, whilst others have no problems finding inspiration.
I went to a Writers’ Festival last weekend and attended a “Conversation” with a well-known Australian author. Kate Forsyth has a number of books already published, with four more coming out this year and another four next year. When asked if she ever gets writers block, she said, “Never”. She has more ideas than she can possibly write about.
However every writer isn’t so inspired, so where does one go to find ideas? There are many sources, and some of them are right next to you. Here are some places to go:
- Incidents you have seen or heard about
- Newspaper stories
- Family members and their foibles
- Your own life experiences
- Historical events, family history
- Reading other people’s writing
- Writing prompts in books or on websites
- People you see on the street and elsewhere
- Other people’s lives
- Writing competitions.
There are so many sources of inspiration for writing topics that, if you cannot come up with something, then you must have a problem that is preventing you from seeing them.
I use all of those sources that I have listed, and I have probably forgotten others too.
Here is an acrostic poem that I wrote back in 2005:
I wonder whence ideas come?
Not always when expected –
Sometimes when you’re feeling great, and
I’ve also found, at certain times,
Rational thought in not important;
Amazingly, ideas come
To minds that seem quite mordant!
In point of fact it’s oft asserted, and
Observation does support it, that
Nine out of ten ideas come – when sitting on the toilet!
Do you have difficulty in coming up with ideas for writing? Where do you go to find them?
(c) Linda Visman 10.04.2014 (334 words)
Tags: depression, inspiration, laziness, wasting time, writer's block
I saw a writing prompt the other day: “What is the most wasteful thing you do each day?” My answer, without any hesitation or doubt was, “I waste time”.
There is one thing that is certain in life– our days are limited. The time we have available to do the things we need to do, or want to do, is finite. And yet, we waste so much of it.
Procrastination is so easy. There’s something you should do, but you find lots of other things you ‘need’ to do that are easier, or more pleasant, or show results more quickly. So, the thing you should do, need to do, doesn’t get done. The funny (as in strange) thing is, what you need to do is often something you really want to do; it is important to you. Then why is it so hard to get started? Perhaps the question should be, just how important is it, really
Our tax papers should have been in three months ago. That’s important because we could be in trouble for not filing on time. They are still waiting as I write this entry in my blog – I am procrastinating by writing about procrastinating.
Calling the kids and my dad is important because they all live far away. I love them and want to keep in contact with them. Then why don’t I do it more regularly, instead of engaging in activities that take up time but are not really necessary?
Getting my completed novel published is important; so is writing the sequel, which is stuck in chapter four. I believe, as do many others, that it is a better work than many children’s novels out there. I would like to see children reading something other than fantasy or vampire stories. I do know that my brain is going through a fuzzy stage that makes it difficult to concentrate, but that is an excuse, not a real reason. We are always told to “write through” the blockage, the fear and the lack of inspiration. We are told that you’ll never get published if you don’t submit. I haven’t even borrowed The Writers’ Marketplace from the local library.
I have a friend who has written and self-published three books in the last year. She has also brought a compilation of short stories, by herself and others (including me), to the printing stage. It has taken her only three months. She has energy and commitment I can only dream of; she puts me to shame.
When I do get motivated, I can accomplish a lot and gain a great deal of satisfaction; I know the rewards of getting things done. It happened a lot of the time when I was younger, but now it happens only occasionally. Health problems, both for myself and my husband, seem to have drained the energy from me. I have become a master (mistress?) of procrastination.
I wish I could give myself an effective kick up the backside and just get on with it.
© Linda Visman