We’re finally into summer and there’s no more need for warm-ups. Which means it’s time to get to the real writing. You’ve been here before—the start of something new—but you’ve always arrived with at least one idea at boiling point, ready to spill over onto the page.
But what if you face the blank screen or empty page and there’s no sign of inspiration?
Brutal truth? Too bad.
Writing isn’t a desire, it’s a practice. There are fun aspects to it, which without a doubt improve it, like daydreaming about winning Oscars, reading the new Leigh Bardugo Wonder Woman novel (which isn’t out until August 29 so mark that day off for some serious not-writing), watching the new season of Orange Is The New Black (it’s SO GOOD), and probably Wonder Woman again because it rocks… All of those things (and any you’d like to add to the list) are great for studying plot construction and character development. You gotta read and watch and consume to learn and get inspired. But.
Nothing is as important as getting the words. on. the. page.
Put the words down, baby. Drop ’em like they’re hot. It’s the only way to be a writer.
We’re not total tyrants though; we’re here to help!
So, here are three metaphorical matches for you to strike and spark your inspiration.
It’s been fifteen years and she doesn’t look any different, except for the fact that the last time I saw her, she was dead.
“Whatever you do, do NOT eat—” “…oops…”
Either I die. Or they all die.
In a future post, we’ll get into some hints on how to keep the story burning.
For now… get writing!