The writer is by nature a dreamer – a conscious dreamer. -Carson McCullers
I spend a LOT of my waking hours thinking about the stories I’m writing or planning to write. In one of my old Writing Tips posts titled, 4 Unique Ways To Get Inspired To Write, I talked about–as it says–four unusual sources of inspiration that I use when I’m working on my novels.
But as I wrote this #MondayMotivaiton post, I realized that there I was missing one: while driving. I can not begin to count how many plot issues I’ve solved while in the car. It happened a TON of times for the #WhoIsTalyaNightingale novel, especially when I use to have a traditional commute to and from work, and just last week I solved a particularly sticky plot question for #GroundhogOne.
Noodling on my writings is something that I can’t control, it’s just something that happens whenever I’m awake, like breathing, or those times when I sneeze weird and people think I’ve seen a bug or am being attacked or something (long story).
Take your inspiration where you can get it, and just remember to write, especially when you make a major plot breakthrough, but also especially when you can’t write at all. You can dream all you want about a plot, but if you don’t write it, you’re never going to finish your story. There’s never going to be a perfect time to write. You have to make it a perfect time, simply by doing it.
Easier said than done, I know. It’s an on-going challenge that every writer faces every day. You’re not alone.
Here’s to a productive week of writing. Don’t forget to sign up for the #MondayMotivation Newsletter by clicking HERE. The next newsletter is slated to land in your inbox next week!
*#MondayMotivation quote found on my Pinterest Board: Inspirational Quotes About Writing