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BUT here's the catch (you don't think I would have left that statement just hanging there, did you?)...because I've been writing anyways. It's been a discipline for me. And it isn't like writing hasn't been fun for me, because it actually has been...but it's been something else keeping me going forward.
And since I usually like to write about what inspires me, I thought about how I could write about that "discipline" that moves me forward. Because, how much could I say about discipline? If I want to write...like, ever...I have to use that particular muscle. That's just the way it is...
So, here's where my writing people came in...
Like I said before, I would be asking these particular questions on the various writing communities I'm in (and if you haven't started following me, and you want to get involved, follow me on Google Plus, Twitter, or like my blog's Facebook page!),
So, I asked my writing communities, "What gets you writing?" And you know what? It's totally different for everyone! Here's what people said...
Geoff Bowman (check out his site, "The Composer's Journey" here) told me, "I unfortunately have little control over my own inspiration...I try to write on a regular basis but if it isn't there I just end up with an empty screen."
I can so relate to this feeling, by the way...that awful, awful blank screen...but then I love what he does to overcome that blank screen of (inspirational) death...
Geoff then says to me, "My one savior is music. I make playlists of music that causes me to both feel and visualize the project I'm working on...I'm working on a time-travel related piece right now for example and the song "Mad World" from Donny Darko tends to get my brain thinking aout the kinds of complex views of the world that I need to [think about] in order to write on those lines..."
If you are curious, here's the song Geoff is talking about.
@AmaliaTd confirmed what Geoff said, "...particular songs ALWAYS get me writing. Train's Drops of Jupiter gets me every time"
Here's the song that inspires Amalia's writing:
What music inspires you to write? For me, it's horror music.
On GooglePlus, another writer wrote a response to my question. Juliette Wade (make sure you check out her blog here!)...told me, "It's important to me that I'm always writing, which means writing every day. Even if it's just pushing ideas forward in my head and not putting anything on paper. I can have a ton of ideas but the thing I need to get myself going is a sense of the core conflict of what I'm writing, and then a first sentence that serves as an entry."
I love Juliette's philosophy, by the way. Even if you aren't writing, but putting ideas together in your head, that still counts! Does writing every day inspire you?
3) Yourself, as a writer.
And then, another writer, Thomas Wilson (check out his blog here) told me, "My stories get me writing, but I usually try and start the day with a meaningful blog post to get my fingers and brain working and then drive back into my stories. I don't let word counts or deadlines interfere with my thinking because it causes negative feelings. [I'm] much more producitve when I am feeling happy and [writing] because I want to!"
How is that for cool? He gets inspired by his own work! Sometimes that torment of leaving characters just stay in the same place as I left them before makes me want to get back to a story! You know, like that Mario game, and Mario shrugs his shoulders at you if you just ignore him. Anyone else get inspired by their own work?
5) Who we know
I love what @lyman_tuttle told me, "That's easy. Attending any family holiday party. Plenty of disorders and dysfunctions to write about for the entire year"
I totally cracked up on that one! Anyone else get inspired by their family get togethers this holiday season?
I think what @AprilVak said is right on for a lot of writers! She says, "if not random thoughts that stick in my head, deadlines. I set some for myself that are earlier than the actual deadlines."
Deadlines! I'm awful with deadlines, but they can really push you, for sure! Anyone else get inspired by deadlines? Do you set your own?
So, writers! What gets you writing? What puts that pen to paper? I'm beginning to realize it's so different for all of us...from music to deadlines to the weirdness of the people we know (and love).
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