Monday, May 11, 2015

The respark

Whoa. It's been a while again. I apologize, but I've been writing a novel that's kicking my butt and it's finally flowing again. I go through these dry spells, which I should be used to by now. It's as if the well of creativity dries up and there's no rain in sight. A drought so to speak. It could be a burn out of forcing it to happen. I don't know. But I love it when it rekindles. It's like taking a breath of air after holding your breath for ages. Anything can do it. For me, sometimes a song, a movie, but my most recent spark is a book.

My good friend, Joanne Fritz, gave me a book called RUSH by Eve Silver. I've been sort of down with my writing. I don't write the norm nor do I write anything that's "sellable" but I like what I write, it makes my frowny face turn upside down. So when I can find something that allows me to see that what I'm doing is okay, my insides flutter and my brain restarts. It makes me happy so why get down. Taking breaks are fine, the brain needs to reboot.

Anyway, this book has everything I love--first person present tense, scifi, teenage romance with a "bad boy", short choppy sentences--it's the stew that makes my heart beat fast and my brain wanting more. There are some things that bother me about this book, but the pros outweigh the cons. I'm a sucker for these books and I took the bait--hook, line and sinker. I like to read many different things but when I'm in a slump, reading what you love to write can ignite a fire that makes you feel giddy. It's makes what you love to write okay. And I love it when it happens. It's that mountain moment making you crawl out of the deep crevice you fell into. It sort of a validation. Basically, write what you want to read and stick to it.

So have you had the moment of clarity?

Have a great week!


  1. Lovely post, Christine and I'm so glad RUSH inspired you. Don't worry about what's "sellable". Just write what excites you. You can do this! And yes, brains definitely need to reboot once in a while. Or at least mine does. :)

    We've talked about this, I know, but I consider myself a "slow" writer because sometimes that moment of clarity with a story takes a long time to spark. But sooner or later it's happened with nearly every book I've written so far. The two manuscripts I abandoned half-finished were the ones where that moment of clarity never materialized, I didn't know where the story was going. Maybe someday I'll go back to them. Who knows?

  2. Glad you read that book and it kick started your creativity again!

  3. I don't always read what I want to write- I like to mix things up- but I do find that reading is a refreshing remedy for those writing slumps you describe. Glad you found a book you enjoyed!

  4. I try not to read what I'm writing because I don't want to be influenced, but I can easily be motivated by good writing no matter what genre. And I do like scifi so I'll have to check that book out!

  5. Yes, reading books can be inspiring enough to lift one's confidence level to start writing again. My curious nature likes to read from a variety of genres. Enjoy your week.

  6. I don't think we ever get used to those dry spells; at least, I don't. YAY for you getting inspired by another's writing. Love that when it happens. Read ... and write on!