The impulse to write can strike at all hours and often when you least expect it.
Inconvenient and random, writers find the muse tapping them on the shoulder when they are turning right on a busy junction, in the middle of an important conversation or are trying to concentrate on what their boss is saying at work.
The muse can be slippery and elusive.Is it possible to control the impulse and write when we tell ourselves to?
What gets you in the writing-mood?
Many writers have tricks up their sleeves to get into the zone and the Surbiton Writers are no exception.
SWG members say that they carry notebooks around with them to scribble down words, impressions and ideas while day to day life is circulating around them.
Others say that shutting themselves away in week-long writers retreats are very effective.
Some have dedicated time during the day when “it’s writing-time,” and nothing, but nothing, interrupts them.
For others, seeing an impending deadline on the horizon can force the most stubborn writer’s block to crumble into a million pieces.
Others go with the flow and hang on to their ideas until they get near a computer screen or a piece of paper and then they let them run free..!
What did each of the Surbiton Writers say about what gets them in the writing-mood
Carrie said: “For me it’s reading something that jogs and fires up my imagination and it’s really important while I’m writing that I’ve got some music on in the background too.”
Peter Wells said: “The urge to write comes to me during a walk in the morning, through observing a character in a film or transposing a mood conjured by a piece of music into a story and transporting it to a situation of my own making.
“Once that idea is generated it seems to fill out on its own: that is my experience with blog posts anyway. Writing a book is a very different story but I’ll leave to another time.”
Anu said: “Being close to nature really inspires me…. Or finding a connecting thought or piece of writing close to my subject inspires me to get on with it.”
Darren Yallop said: “I get in the mood for writing when I read or hear something juicy to write about. Most of the time it will be something that I have alot of interest in. Especially if it is something to do with history.”
Janine Fortune said: “Sometimes, I feel the urge to write on my Iphone quickly and rapidly, rendering me unsociable and in a deep trance for fifteen to twenty minutes. A bit of dinner jazz can sometimes help the words along, but then again I have been known to knock out a story with a mindless action film being played in the background. Anything with Bruce Willis or Jason Statham has worked remarkably well.
Janine adds something all writers can identify with: “I wish I could say there was a formula to gear up for writing, but often it’s just the product of much gnashing of teeth and glum despair as your wrangle with a blank word document and sometimes the blank document wins.”
We all recognise that situation, Janine!
Whatever tricks work for you, the muse is something we don’t want to go away.
Whether you struggle with it, have fun with it, welcome it with open arms or tell it to wait until tomorrow, it’s an essential part of the writer’s life and means we never walk alone.
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