The Enemy

Yes, yes, we’ve all seen the picture saying, “Writer’s block: when your imaginary friends won’t talk to you.” I can’t say that I often get writer’s block. It’s more like…procrastinator’s block. Meaning I might get started on a book then leave it for weeks at a time.  I’m sort of like a cat that way, I guess. You know, short bursts of activity then napping for the rest of the day. It’s not to say that I don’t stop thinking about the book, because I do. Constantly. I’ll always be coming up with ideas, going through the plot in my head, over and over and over. Actually sitting down to write is another story. Sometimes I have to force myself to do it. And once I start, I do enjoy myself, so what’s up with that?

Let’s go through the process, shall we? Let’s see…I get a book idea in my head. I sit down to write it. I maybe get a chapter or two done, then I get up and leave it for a long time because I’m preoccupied with other things (different projects, books I’d like to read instead of writing, and of course, school). That’s one of the reasons why it will take me so long to write a book. Not writer’s block, procrastinator’s block. From what I can tell, I’m not the only one who goes through it.

There’s always posts with a pie chart of what writers do when working on something, and only a small portion of it is sitting down to really write. What’s up with that? Are we really distracted that easily? Like a raccoon, “Ooh, shiny.” Maybe because life gets in the way, or sometimes the idea of writing everything that’s going through your mind seems like too much work. A story can be really long, after all. It’s so much easier to sit down in front of the TV with some chocolate.

Reasons for my procrastination are endless. I’ve already mentioned a few. Mostly school, I’d say, because homework (ugh), and studying (ugh), although I get a lot of my writing done in school when waiting for class to start or on those odd days when I have a tiny stretch of free time. School has to be important, right? Therefor it’s a perfectly good reason for me to not write if I have a lot of work on my plate.

There’s nothing else I can think of that is nearly that good of a reason. I’ll be working on other projects, maybe art or something. Or I’ll be reading a really good book and I forget. Or I simply just can’t bring myself to write for no reason at all, good or bad. I’m not in the mood. And I go to do something else.

As I’ve said, it’s not that writers don’t like writing. But I’m beginning to think that procrastinating is a natural trait when it comes to doing it. I’ll stop rambling on about my Great Writer’s Enemy, because there’s not much else to say. All I need you to do is believe me:

Procrastinator’s block is definitely a thing.

Inspiration Time (Top Five Ways Inspiration Comes)

Inspiration is tricky. Sometimes it comes quickly and easily, and other times you sit in front of the blank piece of paper for half an hour, drooling. Okay, maybe not drooling, but you get the idea. For me, there’s five simple ways inspiration comes, and here it is. Read at your own risk.

5. Hometown

It’s true. I can get inspiration from taking a walk or riding a bike around town. There’s always something happening somewhere, right? And that might get the gears of the brain going, and boom, inspiration is born. For this one it’s a combination of me actually observing the things around me and sort of, err, day dreaming, but moving on.

4. The Shower

You heard me. I often get inspiration in the shower. I’m still not sure what that’s about, because I can’t say there’s much that’s “inspiring” about shampoo and conditioner. Even so, ideas are found there, and I’m just not going to question it. I can spend forever standing under the water and planning out scenes, dialogue, random paragraphs, and the like. Hmm. No wonder I’m told I take such long showers.

3. Media

In this case, by media I mean two of my favourite things-books and movies. I don’t mean that anybody should plagiarize, just that I can’t be the only one that gets a lot of ideas from it. Not even that, I sometimes make out entire story ideas around the cover and title of a book that has nothing to do with the real plot, and that in itself could be a story I can write in the future. Even small concepts I think of while reading a book or watching a movie will make it into a draft.

2. Lying Awake At Night

You know when you wake up at like four in the morning, and no matter what you do you can’t get to sleep, so you just start thinking about random stuff that comes to mind? That’s yet another source of inspiration. It’s not like I have much else to do, so I just stay in bed and let the thoughts flow. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about plot construction in the early hours of the morning. Annoying, but effective. The whole lying awake at night leads me to my last point-

1. Dreams

Dreams are where I get my greatest story ideas. Most of my best books come from dreams. Of course, a lot of times I have to tone down the weirdness of it all, because my dreams are...interestingYes, my subconsciousness is better at making things up then I am on my own. All in all, dreams are a great way to go for inspiration, just if your dreams are anything like mine (so random most of the time that it can’t be explained in words) really try to make it at least a tad more realistic.

So there we are. The top five ways I get inspiration. It’s messy, it’s weird, and it all works. I’m fortunate enough that it’s usually not too difficult for me to find inspiration. If anyone’s having trouble, well…I don’t know. Take a shower, go for a walk; it just might work.