Lately, I've had that craving to write that comes every now and then (and is wonderful), but I haven't made much of it. Mostly for stupid reasons that have no real validity. You know, dumb excuses. Like: I'm feeling frazzled in the brain box, I'm too tired, there's too much cleaning to do, I'm not inspired... yadda yadda yadda.
One thing I have been doing a lot of, though, is clicking through websites on StumbleUpon. And occasionally those websites include advice on how to get "inspired" or arouse your creativity. I keep reading them, bookmarking them, and then continuing to aimlessly wander the interwebs (aka: not write.) I'm compiling some of them here in the hopes that it will guilt me into actually doing something about this craving before it deserts me again.
So, without further ado:
201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity
How to Write a Novel Using the "Snowflake Method"
10 Types of Writer's Block (And How to Overcome Them)
StumbleUpon Staff Picks: Sites That Spark Creativity
Try, Try Again: Rejection Letters Received By Bestselling Authors
In other news, the baby and I are doing fine. It's a boy (confirmed by two different ultrasound techs, 3 weeks apart), and his name is going to be Benjamin James Williams. :) I'm really excited, especially now that I can feel him kicking. (ALL THE TIME.) I'm getting to that impatient point where I'm all "Okay, done being pregnant now, let's get this baby out here so I can cuddle him!" But I'm trying not to let that feeling get out of hand. I need to enjoy the free time I have left to me, and just love the experience.
I probably have a million more things I could say on the subjects of babies and writing (and work, and everything else, for that matter) but I've also got a counter full of dishes and a messy apartment to deal with. (Excuses, excuses.) And we're having people over in a few days, so cleaning is key.
But I'll try to come back more often than I have been. Blogging does actually help the writing flow sometimes, so I need to use that to my advantage. Plus, I know how much fun it is to stalk people you know on the interwebs, and I know I love seeing it when people I follow write entries. So...yeah.
I will ponder those links as I clean. And hopefully that will help.