Today’s topic of discussion is motivation and inspiration – namely, what gets your creative juices flowing?
For example: I work at home but I can’t write while I am working, I’ve tried and it’s impossible. Being interrupted every two to three minutes with a phone call that takes anywhere from three to fifteen minutes to complete completely stalls my creative process. So while one would think I should be able to get a TON of writing done while I’m working, I just can’t do it. What I force out during those times ends up being crap I’m not proud of and therefore I won’t write. I reserve that time for social networking, research and general screwing around … between calls, of course. 😉
When I am writing, I don’t need to be alone but I do need music. So if there are other people in the room, I need headphones or something to block out conversations or television noise. The music I like to listen to while I write is mostly electronicia and techno. Stuff with heavy beats and little to no lyrics to distract me.
No snacks, generally, but a glass of iced tea and a bottle of water alongside a fresh pack of smokes (yeah, I know… shush) and I’m set to go for a few hours at least.
I think that I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to what I need — getting the quiet time seems to be harder because of the guilt… The small voices in my head whisper of all the things I could be doing (laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, etc) and I have to work hard to ignore these thoughts because, really, I deserve time to myself too.. don’t I?
What about you? What keeps you motivated to keep writing, whether you’re at a keyboard or putting pen to paper?