Writing, Reading and Food.
At a PNWA Conference a few years ago, the speaker compared reading to “feeding the dragon of creativity.” Or something like that – I’m paraphrasing here. Anyway, I think it’s totally true. I find so much inspiration in literature in my genre. After reading a good book, I’m amped to start working on my manuscript.
Right now I’m reading passages from 1984 to inspire me with this upcoming chapter. I need a full on, anti-big brother zeal going before I start.
Remember that one? If you haven’t read it…You need to. Go to your local library, or get on B&N or Amazon and buy it. If you like dystopic fiction, you’ll love it. It’s one of the scariest books I’ve ever read, and arguably one of the best books ever written.
What kind of work inspires you? How do you get started on a new project? How do you find ways to keep inspired as you go on, working the sluggish chapters in the middle of your book into shining nuggets that someone might someday call literature? Or at least commercial fiction.