I left a comment over on this post a while back, and I’ve decided to expand the comment on my own blog!
When I was a child I was notorious for writing. And Writing. And writing…..Somewhere along the way however, I seem to have lost the ability of doing it. After working for decades in the IT industry, my writing as a whole is dry and factual. My fiction writing is fairly poor, and when I do attempt it, the results can be disappointing.
Currently my main writing output is producing book reviews, so my writing is in reaction to someone else’s work. The most difficult review is where the book is just average. I much prefer books that incur some kind of reaction, as it makes it easier to write.
Over the last year or so I have been taking part in formalising my non-review pieces, and posting to Sunday Salon etc. The source of those comes from memes and prompts that I have found from around the internet. I often don’t have inspiration or time at that moment, so I have a huge store of prompts and themes which I delve into whenever I’m in the mood. I don’t always answer the question directly, but usually work on a theme.
It’s been several years since I have tried The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, where the underlying principal is that you doing “morning pages” – no matter what your creative medium is – before you get up for the day. This is designed to get you in the mood to be creative and remove some blockers. In a similar vein NaNoWriMo forces you to write 50,000 words in 30 days, no matter the quality, in order to stop you self editing as you go along. The last time I did NaNoWriMo (2002 ish) was my most successful in that I got to 25000 words, but couldn’t go any further .
Another source of inspiration is other people’s blogs! I am trying to consciously comment on other people’s blogs, and it can sometimes lead in the most unexpected directions!