Since National Novel Writing Month is almost over, what will you do next?
Thanksgiving is here and we are right on top of Christmas.
So what will you write now?
Where will you get your next big idea?
After you finish one project do you jump right into the next? Or do you get idea fatigue?
Whether it’s a home improvement, decorating, a big party, or a writing project, afterward I fight the dreaded fatigue fugue.
That’s what I call it. You know the feeling that you’ve given all you can give? When my brain is totally tapped out. I call that, fatigue fugue.
I convince myself that there couldn’t be another idea left in my tired old brain. But then when I least expect it a seed starts germinating.
Sometimes it starts with a word, a prompt, a comment by the grandkids (yes, kids do say the darnedest things), a news story, or a view.
If you’re struggling with idea fatigue or stumbling into a fatigue fugue, start looking around, listening or free writing.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so head over to Pinterest. There is no end of ideas waiting there. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can stir up emotions. People have lots of opinions that might start a conversation and lead to a great story.
Still need a jump-start? Clear back while I grab the cables.
What question could you ask that would get the ideas pumping?
We are all familiar with the “What if” question, so add that to Ms. Oliver’s question and see what happens.
Melissa Donovan answers the question, Where Do Successful Authors Get Their Most Brilliant Writing Ideas?