I don’t think it’s a secret that writers don’t always feel inspired to write. Sometimes the blank page can be terrifying instead of exhilarating. Sometimes the words which came to you so easily the day before are difficult and refuse to behave themselves. Sometimes your day can be going so badly that you are apathetic about the act of sitting down and writing. The muse may be a fickle friend but it is also one who can be coerced into participating with the right stimuli. Here are some of the ways I trick my muse into wanting to write; 1. I watch interviews
I first met Fiona McIntosh at my local library where she was giving a talk about her novel The Lavender Keeper. It had been chosen as part of Get Reading’s “Top 50 Books You Can’t Put Down” for 2013. She was a dynamic speaker and I was enthralled as she detailed her process of researching and writing The Lavender Keeper, keeping the audience often in stitches. But what really caught my attention was when she spoke about Bryce Courtney. She said that he had run, for a good part of his career, commercial fiction masterclasses where he taught beginner writers everything he knew about the craft and the industry.
I have been a fan of Lauren Oliver’s since I read her debut novel Before I Fall. I often will watch interviews with authors before I work on my novel for that little boost of enthusiasm I always get hearing professional writers talk. Not every time that I sit down do I feel inspired to write and hearing their enthusiasm and advice just gives me that charge, that flash of inspiration and grit to sit down and do it. I recently stumbled across a series of youtube videos Lauren Oliver has made where she answers questions from her fans. One episode in