Q:Have you ever had a person that was your creative muse? If so, how did you keep writing after losing contact with them? This happened to me, and I can't seem to get inspiration without them. :/
I have gone through this actually, and I learned two valuable lessons through the whole experience.
First, you can’t rely on one person to inspire you.
A good friend can help your writing in two ways. They can give you ideas, and they can keep you motivated. Their experiences, their energy, their resiliency - those things can inspire you to write a great character. Their encouragement, their support, and their passion for your words can keep you moving forward.
But ideas for stories and characters should come from everyone you meet and everywhere you go. They should come from things you read, or watch, listen to, or experience. If you’re finding that you have absolutely no ideas for stories, then you need to go and hunt a little. Take up a new hobby or make an effort to get to know your coworkers or family members better. Or, if nothing else, just read! Reading can be an amazing way to get inspired when you have no idea what to write.
If you find you’re not lacking in ideas and simply need a push to keep going, then find some writing friends you can talk to. Even if it’s simply going on an online message board or community and finding like-minded writers. NaNoWriMo keeps their forums open year round. All you need sometimes is having someone to tell, “I had a great writing day,” or to give you some support when things just aren’t going well.
But ultimately, you need to let your muse come from within. External influences like friends and family can help inspire you, but your muse is what lives in you and pushes you to keep writing. It’s the reason that you even asked this question - because you want to write. Because your life would be missing something without it.
Second thing I learned is that sometimes you have to write when you don’t want to write.
It’s amazing to write when you’re inspired. It’s more exciting, and it can be a miracle how fast the words come out of you. But sometimes inspiration comes in the midst of forcing yourself to get something down. When you have to write that next sentence, your creativity can unexpectedly show up, even when you thought it’d been lying dormant for months.
I hope you keep writing. Your muse didn’t leave you. It’s still in there pushing you to keep going.
Tada. And thus proof that Mint is as awesome as I said it was.
StyleWeek NE day 2
I’m only watching the one show tonight but it should be good. From what Ive seen of this designer’s clothes, it’s an interesting combination of elements. More later….
StyleWeek NE Day 1
The report is pretty straightforward. I didn’t get to go to the shows, it being my mom’s birthday and all. That said, the photos I’ve seen of clothes from Abernethy and Stetkiewicz make me a happy camper. Very stylish, very colorful.
For this after party at Ten, all the women are dressed very well, even formally. Almost a shame that the men are more dressed down, most of them being in jeans or without jackets.
So next week is the beginning of the Northeast fashion shows in Providence and it’s going to be really cool I think. Some of the designers have some nice aesthetics and the way the profiles talk about their designs sounds like it would make for interesting clothes. Here’s to Tuesday the 26th coming faster!
Pineapple and lime and rum and I have one word for you: yum. This is what sitting at Atlantis on Paradise Island should be like.