No matter how much we love our stories and love writing, there will be times when we don’t feel like writing. When we don’t feel inspired. When our well of creativity runs dry.
Sometimes the answer is to take a break — if possible, of course. Just chill and let yourself recharge.
Other times, the block might be a momentary low point that is easily resolved. Sometimes all it takes to reignite the flame is a spark. Sparks of inspiration, thankfully, can be sought out and cultivated. For the most part, we control our creativity. Our “muse”.
So, this Friday, we’re going to talk about ways you can make that recalcitrant little brat of a muse work for you, rather than the other way round.
*coughs* I clearly don’t hold a grudge against my muse at all. Let’s get started.
You know you love Pinterest. At least, I hope you do. I want someone to validate my obsession.
Obsession or not, Pinterest is amazing for renewing your excitement for your story. You can make an inspiration board, create aesthetics, or scroll through the story-related boards you’ve already created. I love adding quotes that make me think of my story, finding photos or portraits of people that fit my characters exactly, and using landscape artwork for setting inspiration. Sometimes all it takes is a quick look (*coughs* as long as you can avoid the rabbit hole) to get hyped for your story again.
I swear… music is one of the best writing tools ever. For me, anyway.
If I’m feeling down on my story or if I don’t really feel like working on it, sticking my earbuds in and losing myself in its world and characters for a while usually helps. I can spend time with my story, rediscovering my love for it, while I go about my day (thank you, modern technology).
Movies and TV
Okay, hear me out. I know this sounds like a procrastination tool, but watching your favorite movies or TV shows, especially ones that remind you of your story, can be so helpful.
Sometimes what I’m watching will convey an emotion or theme amazingly or pull off an incredible plot twist, and I’ll think, “I want to do that. I want to earn that moment. I just have to figure out how.”
Then I find something that could arguably be seen as better than inspiration. A challenge that excites me.
Maybe this won’t work for everyone, but I encourage you to try it. Turn on that TV show with characters that makes you squeal with joy or that movie with the plot twist that floored you. Let the beauty of those stories inspire you to write your own.
Your Muse Works for You
There will surely be times in our writing career when we go through dry spells or struggle. When what’s probably best is taking a break.
However, during the other times, when we feel temporarily unmotivated, it is possible to cultivate inspiration.
You don’t have to let the fleeting muse control you. You’re a writer. Like the heading says, your muse works for you!