And when I'm not.
Thanks for having me Wendy!
Inspiration is such a tough word.
Because when you feel inspired and the rush of creativity blows through and your brain is on overload and your fingers are tingling to type and your heart is soaring and your confidence is sky high...
You feel like a real writer.
Successful. Or pretty darn close to it.
But realize that inspiration is a gift that comes and goes. We can't chain it to our sides or keep it in a cage. And would we want to? Really?
As writers or any artists, many things can steal our inspiration.
A harsh critique from a writer friend. Not mean. Just the kind that makes you realize you have to rewrite the whole thing! (Totally been there.)
A rejection from an agent or editor. (Totally been there.)
The chocolate chip cookies are all gone. (Totally been there.)
But sometimes there is no reason. Inspiration flaps its wings and lifts off from our shoulders and we don't understand why we're feeling down and insecure.
Accept it for what it is. Don't force it. Feeling up and then down and then up and then down is part and parcel with being an artist/writer.
Don't dwell on it.
Read great books. Watch terrific movies.
Maybe there are some truths to those critiques? And maybe we're ready to face them now that we've indulged in our favorite actors and characters.
I love to break down books chapter by chapter to discover secrets of plot or characterization. On my blog http://laurapauling.com/ I run a series called Plot Busters, where I analyze YA and MG books according to Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT method.
It inspires me. I learn. I grow as a writer. And then I want to apply it to my work. Find what works for you.
Sometimes you have to let go of inspiration in order for it to come back.
And you know it will. It always does.