Lately, I’ve had a hell of a time focusing.
Between a major project at work and selling my home, my writing seems to be getting the short end of the stick. My current WIP? Pfft. Seems like I’ve been on the same scene for the last 20 years and my characters have all aged (gracefully, I might add!). Nothing about the scene flowed. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to delete it and forget about it. But with each revision, each click of my keyboard, I knew that it was a valid, if not pivotal, scene to keep.
A bestseller author, one who I consider a mentor, told me whenever she was stuck she’d cook spaghetti. She said you have to get up and walk away from your work. I’ve also heard about people doing laundry to get through a rough patch. Taking your mind off the scene or chapter that is giving you trouble and focusing on something else, helps breakthrough any issues you’re having.
So, I got up, grabbed my new toy and walked away.
This festive winter bouquet started it all.
I believe inspiration comes at the most unexpected times, the most unexpected places. And it was definitely this bouquet that jump started my breakthrough. I loved the way the colors popped and the red of course, screamed romance.
Who would have thunk it? 🙂
Soon my thoughts were running rampant and I started to pick apart was wasn’t working, feeling confident about the direction of my scene.
Sometimes it takes the smallest thing to get us back on track. My muses, Poe and Fitz tell me that all the time. I should listen to them more!