I recently joined a summer challenge in order to increase my wordcount as I really need to get this rewrite finished. I posted the wordcount of my current WIP (work in progress), Rise of the Comets. (that’s 21k words, by the way)
I also posted the word count of my other novel which I’m trying to to work on.
A fellow writer saw this and in surprise, asked me how I could stay focused. She writes when inspired. The funny thing is, so do I. I have a ridiculously hard time trying to write when uninspired. So how do I stay on one project? I usually like to switch projects.
I find ways to inspire myself to write in RotC. So I was asked how and promised this blog post.
I have said before in NAF that many small things are inspiring, but those are random inspirations. To get directed inspiration, I have a few things I do.
1, I find a spot in my book that I really like. This is a spot that, if I were a reader, I’d be like, I MUST HAVE MORE! For me, a good spot is my prologue. It’s got good tension between commander and subordinate, bad tension between two old friends, a peak at a major nemesis, emotion, family love, sacrifice, and it leads up to an attack in which the MC of that section is presumed dead.
There are a few other spots in which I find the characters interesting and it makes me want to read and learn more. And if I want to read more, I have to write more. Also, the more I read and learn about them, the more I realize what’s going to happen. Things change in a rewrite, and the plot gets deeper.
2, Find a soundtrack or song I haven’t listened to in a while. As I listen to it, picture a scene. Add my characters. Let the inspiration flow.
3, Find a good book, preferably in the same genre, and read a few chapters of it. Chances are I’ll be so pumped up about the writing that my thoughts will fly to my own characters and their situations and what I can do to enhance it.
When I do think of characters, I have to make sure I concentrate on the characters I want to write on. It’s no good if I think about the other characters. haha
Anyway, that’s all I got…or at least that’s all I can remember. I hope you find this interesting and hope it helps-you know who you are. 😉
To all you other readers, thanks for sticking with me even though I haven’t kept this up well. I hope this can be of assistance to any of you writers out there who have too many characters assaulting you.