If you clicked on this post, it’s because you are one of two people; those that are readily inspired, and those that are barely inspired but go out there with your searchlights and your megaphone in search of it because you believe it’s just a matter of searching. Well guess what? Neither technique are full proof. They won’t guarantee you will have that one idea which will hit you, and you’ll reach out for the nearest writing platform.
I’ve gone through some odd events in my life in the last few months: from spontaneous trips overseas to make a movie, being an aunt to a new niece and a uni course that refuses to let me complete it. Yes you heard right, a UNi degree that’s stalking me. I may as well say it. In between this, I have small commitments to writing and suddenly the seemingly quiet life is suddenly too busy and not busy enough.
Two days ago, I was staring at the manuscript I’m supposed to be finalizing before I start readying it up for kindle publishing. I just stared. Unable to move my fingers or focus my eyes.
Then I got distracted. Yup, procrastination does that to you. I got distracted by Facebook, goggle, my blog, etc. and oddly enough, I kept on coming across ‘script competition’, or film competition, or script writing challenge etc. Script this and script that. And suddenly, I read the theme for one of the comps, and there it was, a quirky tale of young love. Then the next minute I was opening up my Final Draft and typing up the title ‘For the Love of Happy Endings’. You can only guess what that was inspired by.
Since yesterday, I have written a total of two very different scripts, prompted by competitions. I’m not sure I’ll be entering them, as films are collaborative work and I’ll need to get other people on board, but as stories alone, that is the most I’ve written in the past 5months.
It suddenly feels like the stagnant period is over and it’s time for me to stretch out those fingers and poise them over the keyboard as elegantly as I can and get a move on with other projects that have stagnated along with me. So I’m fresh, I’m reeling, and most of all, I’m bloody excited to get back to a gem I’ve feared to touch.
Inspiration is a cruel mistress. But when it comes, it unleashes the drive to keep going and going. So if you find yourself at a loss as to why you are not putting out products as you used too, then remember, it’s not too late to be inspired. Do something different, go someplace unknown, or face your fears. Whatever to get you unstuck.
So much luck in your writing battle, and happy reading.