Inspiration is an elusive thing. Sometimes I can find her everywhere – a sunset, a great conversation with a writerly friend, the laughter of my kids. Other times she hides from me completely.
I have had loads of inspiration lately. Relaxed by a break from work, I have had no shortage of ideas – little snippets of scenes and storyline that I am SO HAPPY with.
Until it hit me that I had NO IDEA where I was going with the story. No.Idea.
Dang…that’s a serious problem.
So, I tried walking away from writing for a few hours – diverting myself with other things. Yeah…that didn’t work.
Then, I took a long drive to the beach under the auspicious of needing to run errands (actually, I did have some things to pick up in La Jolla). It was beautiful. I came home relaxed. And absolutely no closer to a solution to my MAJOR plot problems.
I went on-line, checking out my email, chatting a little. Still nothing….
Finally, I tried my old stand-by. I walk (with a little running too).
Five miles and several small pieces of paper from a coffee shop later I had it…the breakthrough I was waiting for…breaking for.
I ran home, assembled my crumbled pieces of paper and started to rework the story. Problem Solved.
So, my question for you is this…what do you do when inspiration becomes elusive? How do you get your muse back???