Like all writers, I struggle with balancing writing with the day job, work with play. I've had times when I had writer's block and other periods where I had so much stresss going on that my muse went into a virtual coma. So how does one kickstart one's muse, especially after a prolonged absence?
I like to begin with the following steps:
- Re-reading my writing, including works in progress. Reminding myself of where I was at when I wrote my last helps to get the motor running. I try to read them all like I'm new to the work and am just a reader enjoying the story.
- Daydream, imagine, let it run wild. What can I bring to my current works? Am I trying to force actions that are out of characters for the players involved, or have I hit a point where the subject matter is proving to be more challenging to get inspiration from than I thought?
- Take long walks, do a repetitive workout, and let the mind wander. Recharge those batteries.
- Pinpoint where the source of frustration is coming from and work it out. Think of it like massaging pressure points. It may hurt a little at first but once released...ahhhhhh
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