This last month has been a lot of fun. Listening to the podcasts, trying the homework activities, chatting to my writing group, and – most significantly – actually getting some writing work done, has been deeply satisfying. So I thought I might have a quick look at my output over the month.
This month has been more productive for my writing than any period since I started even thinking about writing. I’ve dropped:
– roughly 10,000 words on my primary WiP
– 5,000 words on a short story (to zero draft stage) and
– around about 2,000 to 4,000 words on the blog.
This doesn’t count the planning work on a new story idea that hasn’t involved any writing yet but I’m still pretty enthusiastic about. I attribute much of this motivation to my little writing group. So thanks lads, appreciated. Some of it though, was thanks to Writing Excuses.
Writing Excuses: Month One
We started (as recommended) at Season 10 of Writing Excuses, and the first month was on Ideas, including:
I found these episodes, and particularly trying homework activities, to be very useful. They kick-started my own process of idea generation, which had been laying somewhat ignored and unloved for some time. Back when I was blogging frequently I would stretch the creative muscles often – the Friday Fictioneers exercises were like a creative gym session, a mental circuit class. Deliberately sitting and thinking about being creative woke up some long stagnant imagination-muscles and whilst some ideas were thin or weak or just had limited options, there were a few there that I really felt could work.
So if you’re looking to spark the creative process, I recommend trying these homework exercises. At a minimum, you’ll stretch your brain into the right frame of mind. At best – you might come up with your next project and be infused with a new round of inspiration and motivation.
Do you have any other suggestions? How do you get your ideas? Writing prompts? Random photos? Flipping through the news channels? Let me know!