A few weeks ago, I saw the Broadway show Hamilton and for whatever reason, as it happens every once in a while, I felt so incredibly creatively inspired.
And then I came home, read over the short story I’ve been working on since frickin’ September, read my critique buddies’ notes, and wondered if I really wanted to salvage what I’d been trying to do. The answer? No. My critique partners had great ideas and great pointers, but I couldn’t see a way to get it together in that story.
So I decided to try another story idea and although I’m only a little over a thousand words into the first draft, it already feels much better. I’m not sure how much of that is due to getting my creative well filled up via Hamilton and how much of that is due to the idea being a little more in my wheelhouse.
A lot of authors will say that writing everyday is the most important thing and it is, whether you feel inspired or not. But there’s a huge difference, for me, in writing something that I feel like I’m only grasping with my fingernails and writing something that I feel almost immersed in.
So, don’t forget to fill up your creative well, people. Go read a book you didn’t write, watch a movie, geek out over a Broadway cast album, go see a ballet, try to learn the Lindy Hop, or learn how to bake a pumpkin pie.