On Monday, I posted about writing in high school. One thing that I didn’t mention, was that EVERYTHING was an inspiration when I was in high school. I briefly mentioned that a friend and I wrote a novel in high school. We did this over a year and a half, and the whole thing was set in the town we lived in, and the school we went to. Walking down the hall was an inspiration. Our boyfriends were inspirations. Our friendship was inspiration.
Just because I am not in high school anymore doesn’t mean that I can’t still be inspired by everything around me. In fact, I am still inspired by almost everything. But I don’t use the inspiration like I used to. I think about how cool an idea is, and start thinking of the story it could become, and then I –
Stop. Just like that. I let it go and move on. Why? Part of the reason is because I am so focused on getting QFS done, I don’t feel that I have room for anything else in my head right now. I am also tired. I’ve been running so hard the last two months that I am finally at a point where I just need to take a break, take a breath, and take a moment to gather my thoughts. That means cleaning out the cobwebby inspiration that is blocking my creativity.
I never had that problem in high school. Everything that inspired me went into the book. (Part of the reason it was so bad! With two people putting every detail in, it is bound to collapse.) I had no cobwebs because I used everything right away. I didn’t let it sit, didn’t let the ideas grow or molder. They were just used right away.
Take a moment to clear out the cobwebs. Take a deep breath, and then carry on.
Take care, fellow travelers.