Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The occasional Writer's Block post

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Oh yes, the brilliance of not liking anything you write. Writing sentence after sentence, continuously hitting the delete button. Wincing and whining about what you can't stand to post or publish; feeling a little lost because you're not liking what you're writing. I am certainly having one of those moments. Sometimes being productive has its drawbacks, especially when you're not in the mindset to properly do so.  Sometimes I'd rather just listen to music, watch TV or play games- anything but writing. It's easy to feel tapped out after getting a lot done.
Of course, when you're writing to make a living, you need to actually work. How to get inspired, you ask? Good music inspires me, and great writing. I'm a longtime fan of Rolling Stone magazine, and can always get inspired to write after reading one of their articles. Music is a lifelong passion of mine, and I've always been able to find inspiration from good music. Once I read about someone I'm a fan of (or something I find interesting), my mind literally goes off into spurts of sentences, paragraphs, song lyrics, etc. Reading good writing can be a great starting point of inspiration for my own writing. I'm not one to want to write in the same vein of what I've just read; I just need to read something I find really good to get me to want to write something of my own, regardless of what it is.
Here's a question for all you other writers out there: what gets you going (besides pay, of course)? I often find I need nothing at all; silence is something I often feel the need to fill, which can bring on the writing. Life is inspiring too, and as of late my need to get out of the house more often has come in the way of my writing. The fun of hibernation can only last so long (good riddance, Winter!). In the middle of April, I am ever so eager for May, the summer days and the sunny mornings. There also just seems to be more time in the summer for some reason. Don't ask me why. Perhaps because it's easy to feel less lethargic when you're not either snowed or rained in. Either way, summer is always very promising.  As it gets closer and closer to May, it is also getting closer to the one-year anniversary of the first thing I ever published as a writer (June 30), and I'm really excited to say that it's going well so far. Now, if only I didn't get so distracted sometimes...