This morning I finished up a scene I’d rewritten four times and sent it off to my critique partner. That always inspires me because one accomplishment tends to lead to the next. There’s a private “you can do it” moment and off I go.
This was a bit of organic internal motivation instead of something external. It also big picture and somewhat vague, instead of the times I’m inspired specifically by one thing as how it relates to one thing in my story or my writing. Like the time I was waiting in the carpool line (many years ago) and saw a woman dressed just the way I envisioned one of my characters dressing. Talk about inspiration.
But even these less impactful moments matter.
I’ve learned, over time, not to overthink it. To let the story lead me and to go back later and make changes to what I don’t like. Not to write to the market, though perhaps with the market in the back of my mind (I want to sell books, not just write them). Overthinking can stall creativity and it can also allow you to sabotage yourself. So don’t do it.
Use any kind of inspiration to inform something in your writing or your story ideas!
What inspired your writing today?
I thought of this uncomfortable scene (starting at 0:46) when wrapping up mine today. The discomfort yes, but mostly the uncertainty. I wanted to slather it onto my page!