It's Friday Fives over at Paper Hangover! This week they want to know
There's definitely more than five, but I'll share a few of the things that get the creative juices flowing...
1) Rereading my work. You know—the occasional good stuff. I reread it and fall in love with my babies all over again and get super inspired to keep writing about them!
2) Visiting different settings from my stories, er...the ones I can get to. Friday nights find me on the football sidelines. I watch the game, I take the stats, I cheer for my school's team. But my mind does drift - to my stories, my characters. My WIP cast includes football players and cheerleaders, and I often scribble extensive "notes to self" in my stats book.
And while part of my current story takes place in or around the football stadium, another setting involves the beach. Sometimes I go to the beach simply to be with my characters. Okay, that’s a total lie – we all know I go to get my tan on, but I do sit and stare at the ocean, get inspired by the crashing waves, the salty air, the texture of sand between my toes. The crazy kids (and adults) playing in the ocean. The adorable little girl collecting in her pail every seashell she finds. Sometimes I just kick back and imagine what my characters might be doing. And then I go home and write about them.
3) Talking about my story with critique partners or writer friends or my husband or my closest betas. I get very juiced and rejuvenated when I gush about my passions.
4) Taking a walk. This not only works my body. It also exercises my mind.
5) My children. My students. So many of them have unknowingly (ha) inspired a character or a quirk or a “look” or a name. They are my perpetual muse. And I heart them completely.
How about YOU? What inspires you to write?