Wasn’t it just yesterday that I wrote some fiction to get out of my Tuesday post about writing? And here we are again. And I still got nothing. I blame the heat. While the temperature is only in the mid-70s (F), the humidity was 83% earlier. I celebrated when it dropped to 71%. Definitely not the kind of day to encourage movement. I am taking lessons from sloths. Highly underrated, sloths are!
How to get motivated? Well, one of my fav ways is to grab a glass of wine and check out what everyone else is writing. Who do I check out? Many of my fellow bloggers. Specifically, today I hit Claire Fuller; Frankly Write ( I love her idea to imprison–metaphorically or realistically– your character to discover more about them. This link takes you right that post); and amie cuscuriae. Who gets you motivated? Do you have a certain set of bloggers that you know if you check out their posts will inspire you to write more?
Of course, there are the tried and true methods of encouraging yourself to start typing–or writing on that blank page. Does anyone still write longhand? I might if I didn’t have problems with my hands. My handwriting is just a mess, and my hands cramp up fairly quickly. Not that typing doesn’t hurt as well, but I can go a lot further a lot faster.
What are those tried and true methods, you ask? Well, the first one is the one I am clearly using is “Verbal Diarrhea”. I believe that is the correct term. I would rather call it something else, as I prefer to avoid bodily functions in my writing unless they actually involve my character’s body (sidebar: I misspelled character so often in 7th grade that my teacher threatened detention unless I started to get it right!). I checked out the diarrhea on my thesaurus, and I don’t see anything that would work better. “Verbal Montezuma’s Revenge” doesn’t have quite as a good a ring. Are you figuring out what verbal diarrhea is? I am just spouting whatever comes to mind that might be slightly connected to the topic at hand. It is kind of fun, actually 🙂
Another tested method is the reading of an admired writer to be inspired. I am still reading Margaret Atwood (although the next book in the series) and her writing definitely makes me want to be a better writer. The way she puts the words together is unique but easily understandable (some authors go so far to be unique they make almost no sense). And, of course, her ideas are fantastically excellent. The downside of this method is that I get sucked into the book and then write nothing as I am too busy reading. Fine line on that one.
Finally, I like to check out quotes on writing. Either they inspire me or make me think in different ways; and spur new ideas. What have we today?
I don’t want to be a doctor, and live by men’s diseases; nor a minster to live by their sins; nor a lawyer to live by their quarrels. So I don’t see there is anything left for me but to be an author.
My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably.
–George Bernard Shaw
As I spend much of my day in pj’s or exercise clothes, I can certainly see Shaw’s point. While I actually adore clothes, and dressing up, I also like being comfortable when I am at home and on the computer. I particularly like Hawthorne’s, what a wonderful reason to sit and spread words across the page.