I’m sure you experience this feeling at least once a day. Even though you know for certain that there’s nothing in the fridge, you still open it in the hopes that between the last time you opened it (five minutes ago) and now, something will have appeared in there. In a way, that’s kinda similar to when you open a blank document repeatedly, hoping that words will come out, even though you know you completely lack inspiration.
I don’t have anything in my fridge right now, and I don’t feel like going to the store so I have one of two options: either make my snack mood go away or make something from scratch. Since arguing with my snack mood is a losing battle, I have attempted to make something from scratch. Note that scratch for me means boiling water and adding Jell-O mix, haha.
Staring at a blank document, however… that’s tricky. I’ve seen many people say that you should force yourself to write even if your muse is MIA, that you won’t get anything done if keep waiting for inspiration, write now and fix everything later… while the last piece of advice works well for events such as NaNoWriMo, I don’t think it’s useful in the long run.
I don’t try to write when I’m not in the mood. Why agonize over that haunting blinking cursor on a blank Word document when I can do something else? Why can’t I just close it and move on to something else? Some people would call that procrastination in disguise, but how is it so when you’re actively trying to find inspiration? Whether you choose to spend your time reading books, working on other projects, watching movies or hanging out with friends, inspiration can strike you anywhere at any time… even during your sleep.
I know I would most probably delete everything I forced myself to write, and that feels like a waste of time to me… especially when I don’t even have enough free time to begin with. Just because you’re a writer doesn’t mean you have to write every day. So when your idea well is dry, it’s okay to close that document, walk away and find something else to do.
What do you do when you’re out of ideas? Do you force yourself to write or do you try to distract yourself? Is your fridge currently empty? ;)
For the mean time I’m going to stick the Jell-O in the freezer because I’m getting impatient, haha.