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Lately, I’ve done a lot of complaining about not having enough time, or feeling like my time is not my own. That I am subsumed by other responsibilities and then do not utilize what free time I do have to its fullest capacity. It’s an old song, one that I think every writer or artist sings throughout their lives. It is rare to find an artist who is happy with the amount of time they spend on their art. It always seems to be too much, which leads to burnout, or too little, which leads to intense frustration and despair.
But I’m not going to talk about that today. You already know about that particular current, so let’s appreciate the scenery for a while. Let’s look up and see where the river is flowing. Because despite all of the moaning and groaning about set-backs, I’m surprised to find that, right now, I’m actually pretty happy with myself.
There’s a text I got from my onii-san after I told him that I hadn’t won the Dark Crystal Author Quest contest back in 2013. I hadn’t honestly expected to win, but I didn’t even make it into the top five. It was discouraging to receive no tangible reward after putting in so much intense work for so long. But David reminded me of something important:
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Where do you like to write? What kind of place is the best to get work done, to focus your thoughts on writing? What kind of environment do you need to write? And do you have that space already or are there improvements you’d like to make to the one you’ve got?
All writers have special places they like to go and write. Some like coffee shops and cafes with the background noise of other people while some prefer to hide at a desk in their attic or basement. Me, I’ve always been a fan of sitting alone at a computer in a homey office.
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Every writer needs inspiration and we all have different ways of bribing our muses to stick around and help us finish our projects. So, here are ten different tricks that you might find helpful, or just plain fun, in your quest to complete a book!
1) Listen to music, especially themed playlists. Whenever I hear a song that makes me think of a scene or character, I take note of the song and what it made me think of, then add it to my playlist. For Astral Rain, I actually have a “theme” for each of the main characters. Listening to that music when I’m trying to write a scene or just to have in the background when I’m writing for a story helps me drift into the writing mindset.
2) Look at artwork (photographs, paintings, sculptures, etc.) that reminds you of a character, a setting, a mood, and event that helps propel your writing. A photograph of a landscape that looks like your world, a painting of a person who looks like your character, a piece of abstract art that just gets you in the writing mood. DeviantART is my favorite place to go for this, but the art can really come from anywhere. Also, if drawing your characters or a scene works, go for it!
3) Watch a movie that gets you in the mood to write. This happens more for Foxglove than me, but I know that when I watch anime, I get in to mood to write anime-style stories or characters (although this can lead me into writing fanfiction rather than focusing on my own work. ^_^;;)
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How do you start writing your story? What creates that spark of interest that makes you commit your time and energy to a project? Every writer has their own peculiar modus operandi. Some free-write while others outline, some write chronologically while other start at the end and work their way backwards. The genus of an idea and how that idea is developed is also unique to each writer. However, I have noticed a general trend among my friends who write and authors who discuss their creative process. I speak in generalities and understand there are exceptions to every rule, but, in my experience, this trend creates two groups of writers: Plot Writers and Character Writers.
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