We all feel directionless from time to time, whether it is work related boredom, a relationship stagnating or our writing process requires refreshing. We suffer the emotion and frustration in different ways depending on its source.
As for a writing malaise there are tools to get us back on track. We can employ the multitude of writing prompts available via the internet, whether they are pictures, sentences or random words to spark our imagination. There are word games we can purchase as well. And of course there are the numerous ‘filed’ ideas on our computer or notebooks that can be read through and reworked. Or we can explore the outside world for inspiration. Even the experience of quietly sitting in a cafe, library or other public place and people watching can spark a new idea or story.
Another ‘trick’ is to rewrite or create a story but change your usual genre or even the gender of the main character. A different perspective harnesses our creativity and ensures enthusiasm in writing again.
My current malaise is more overload than a lack of inspiration. With freelance clients, reviewing a friends new novel and a manuscript progressing tantalizingly slowly on top of ‘normal’ life, work, chores, family etc. etc. I feel discouraged coupled with anxiousness at what needs to be done and the apathy I am feeling. I need a break from the ‘norm’ to refresh and renew.
What methods have you used to ‘refresh’ your Muse?
Awake the God Thoth again!
December 30, 2015 at 6:49 pm
I wrote my book in a few months and was very motivated to get it published. Then I took an online writer’s course and realized I needed a platform first. My book went on hold while I build a decent platform. I hope I haven’t lost my enthusiasm.
December 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm
Learning the ‘ropes’ of publishing and sales is part of the writer’s journey for sure. Utilize local events, your library, bookstores and local writing groups to help spread the word.
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December 31, 2015 at 7:38 am
I haven’t even got it edited yet. That is my goal for 2016.
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November 13, 2015 at 3:48 pm
My current malaise involves a publisher I can’t rely on. Anyone else find publishing the novel far tougher than writing it? I refuel by working in schools with kids. They get what I’m trying to say and are eager to try new writing techniques I show them.
November 13, 2015 at 8:23 pm
Sorry to hear about the publisher I hope things get resolved. Connections no matter what age are always good for the Muse. Thanks for dropping by.