If you’re waiting for inspiration to happen so that you can start writing, well, you could be waiting for a while.
For instance, I get inspired in situations when I’m relaxed, comfortable, happy, content like when I’ve just laid my head down to sleep and I’m enjoying the fact that my head is on the pillow, I’m all snuggled up with my hot water bottle and my dreams will be coming soon…
Then WHAM, inspiration hits and all these scenes run through my mind and I curse and have to switch on the light and pick up a pen and use the notebook (I always have a notebook next to the bed) and I have to make quick notes, scribble down the dialogue between characters (why do they always know what they want to say when I’m falling asleep?)
Obviously I don’t want to write my novel from my bed. In an ideal world, maybe, but in reality I need to re-create this moment so that I can write at other times of the day.
So how do you get inspired?
You have to create situations that you can be inspired in.
So how do you re-create these moments?
Re-create a moment in which you are relaxed and ready to write.
For me, I know that I write best when I know I have a couple of days ahead of me dedicated to writing, minimum interruptions e.g. I just have to feed and water myself at least (yes, includes taking showers and performing the daily ablutions)
A comfortable chair
The room is warmish
I feel cosy – sometimes I wrap a fleece around my tummy and legs (womb-like for when the house is cold around 10 to 14degC)
Time to myself with no interruptions i.e. I’m relaxed and not under pressure.
Laptop or notebook all ready to go.
When I have all this, I check my notes. Imagine the scene. See my characters there, doing things and I start to write it down or type away.
Most of the time though, I use the notes I made last night before I fell asleep.
P.S. I also use the ‘it’s just half an hour’ technique to make me sit down and write. But basically it works by putting bum in seat in front of laptop, opening up the novel document, referring to my notes, and writing.