Discuss: Drawing Inspiration

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It can be difficult to find the inspiration or the drive to get some writing done when the holidays roll around. Let’s face it, it’s far too easy to sit around, watch holiday films, and eat lots of delicious treats rather than work on your latest writing project. But still, through all the eggnog and chocolate-covered pretzels, there’s a little voice in the back of your head that’s telling you to grab your laptop, hide from your family members, and get some work done. But that voice isn’t as loud as it should be. And perhaps the voice sounds a bit croaky as well. It has caught a cold and doesn’t have the strength it once did. That voice is your inspiration and sometimes you need to find a way to beef it up and give it some vitamins.

Lucky for your, someone on the internet has compiled a list of 25 ways to get your creative groove back! Courtesy of Chuck Wendig at his awesome terribleminds blog, this list is a fun read and has more than enough good ideas to kick your creative groove’s backside into gear. Here is one of the reasons that really stood out to me because it has worked for me in the past.

2. RE-READ A BOOK YOU LOVE UTTERLY

Fuck it. Instead of escaping your comfort zone, let’s nest deep within its pillowy folds. Grab a beloved book off your shelf and re-read it. Re-discover why a book like this made you want to be a writer in the first goddamn place. Let it fill you with its power (worst pick-up line ever) as it did many years before. Let it bring you back to center. Books you love are like a flashlight in dark times.

Firstly, I love this item on Chuck’s list because of the language and imagery he uses. When he talks about ‘nest[ing] deep’ in ‘pillowy folds’ and using books you love as a ‘flashlight,’ it instantly conjures up those late evenings when I read under my blankets. And that makes me think about Harry Potter, which is my go-to book series when I want to feel excited about reading and writing again. Sometimes you get busy with work and boring ‘real life’ things to the point where reading seems like a chore. When I get to that point, I like to pull out one of my Harry Potter book and reignite that passion.

Do you think this technique would work for you? Would this get your creative groove back, or do you have a different technique you use? If this one is right up your alley, what book would you re-read? Let me know in the comments!

— Mary Egan, Jet Fuel Blog Editor

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