I've read and asked many writers if they have writer's block. Some say there is no such thing. Others say it comes and goes. Some suggest to just write whatever you can write and it will flow.
I don't have problems with writing. I have learned to use prompts, for example reading a book, a magazine, writing in my journal, writing how I feel, etc. My problem is finding time to sit and write. When I sit down in front of my computer to write, I just tap away. Eventually of course I do find the time to write...then there's another problem - after finishing a few chapters of my first draft, I am usually not satisfied with it...is that even normal? After finishing the whole first draft, I sometimes re-write and re-write and I don't get anywhere. I don't think there's enough "showing" or that the descriptive words are sufficient. I don't feel the magic. I don't feel as inspired. Because of this, I have learned to listen to my inner voice for inspiration. When I get inspired, words flow.
When does inspiration come to me then? It is when it is least expected. Words come when I don't force them to come oozing. They come when I'm feeding my son or laughing with my husband about something hilarious while in a supermarket. Or when I'm in bed listening to music or about to fall asleep (it's a pain when this happens I tell you). Or when I'm sitting on a bench in the garden doing nothing. Or I'm looking out the window when it's raining. Or when I'm sipping a cup of coffee and eating my favourite cheesecake.
Words come when I'm at peace. When I have no care in the world. When I'm daydreaming or absentmindedly thinking of my characters and talking to them in my mind.
That's when they come.
When it happens, I have to grab my pen to write them all down. I have to be armed with a pen and a notepad at all times. Pens and notebooks have to be everywhere in the house - on the coffee table, in dresser drawers, on the computer desk, on the dining table (yes, I won't spare the dining area!) And under no circumstances must I go out without them. It's crazy sometimes when they come when I'm trying to have a meal and POP! An idea for a scene suddenly comes into my head or some beautiful words in a sentence.
But most times, words don't come easy. I write rubbish. I write nonsense. I write riffraff. I write baloney. I write crap.
How about you? When does inspiration come to you? Do you experience writer's block? What do you do to snap out of it?
I found something on the net last year through blog browsing. It might be useful to you. It's an amazing tool to get writing prompts! Try it, it's free! Here's the link: Writersparks