Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Drought is Over

I have good news...

But I don't want to jinx it.

And no, it's not agent related or publication related or family related.

Okay, fine.  I'll talk.  But if typing this jinxes me, I'm going to scream.

You may recall me mentioned that I was dry.  Every time I went to dip into the well of creativity, my bucket came up empty.  Nothing sparked me.  I was out of new ideas.  Hell, I couldn't even get a few good paragraphs to replace the lame beginning of Nano.  I tried everything I could think of (and a few things you people suggested) to get the juices flowing again, and nada.

Well, earlier today a kinda creepy thought came to me as I stared into the pregnant clouds*.  A 'what if' that I really hope never comes to pass.  Tonight I sat down with an unused steno pad and started writing the beginning of what I'm currently calling "Untitled Post-Apocalyptic".  I only got a couple pages down and they're godawful, but the point is: I had an IDEA!  I actually started something new!  Not only that, but starting the new story something gave me the spark I needed to hit the beginning of Nano again. 

Now, I'm not a huge believer that I need inspiration before I can write, but when the flow becomes a trickle and the trickle turns into a drip that quickly dries up, I know I'm screwed.  Frankly, it's been driving me frickin' crazy. 

Here's hoping the tap doesn't dry up again any time soon.

Do you need inspiration to write?  Has your muse ever deserted you? 

*And oddly enough those clouds poured rain here in the high desert this evening.  Sure, it probably didn't stop the drought** we've had for years, but how's that for a freaky coincidence?

** Is it just me or does the word 'drought' seem silly for a place called 'the high desert'?  Doesn't a drought in the desert seem a smidgen redundant?


  1. YAY for your drought being over! That's awesome!!

    I am definitely someone who needs to be inspired to write. If I don't feel inspired...I can't write. It's as simple as that.

  2. Or an oxymoron!

    Glad your dry spell is over. My Muse left a while ago and flits back in and out of my life, but only long enough to taunt me - then she's gone again. Oh, well.

    Have a great weekend, B.E. and happy writing :)

  3. So relieved your drought is over and you've been inspired.

  4. Forget the jinx, you've got the river flowing. Go with it! And don't forget to breathe once in a while and come up for some food and sleep!

  5. There are a lot of days I feel lost when I sit down to write. It's like being stranded in the middle of a dark sea. Hard to swim with any conviction if you can't see land, isn't it?

    But you know, I swim anyway. I may be moving in circles, but I think sometimes you have to do that, to find your direction.

    Glad to hear you're found your direction. Keep paddling. You'll get there.

  6. Yay! I love new idea phase. Congrats!