We all know that our car, or truck, does not run without fuel. Nor does our body thrive without food. We need to feed both vehicles and bodies on a regular basis. We pay strict attention to both. We would not think of setting out on a trip without fuel in the car or food in our tummies.
So, why would you start a new writing project without fuel of some sort to feed your writing spirit? Look at the words in red in the next paragraphs to learn what we can use as fuel for writers.
Consider inspiration as high octane or fine nutrition. To practice good writing, we do need to be inspired. Ever gone to a conference, attended several workshops, and come home eager to write? It's one of the best ways to get inspired that I know.
Visit with another writer who is having some success. Sit across the table at the coffee shop and listen to his/her enthusiasm. Feel your adrenalin kicking in? Sometimes, it happens.
Read a good book on the craft of writing, filled with exercises that get your writing juices flowing.
Find story ideas wherever you go. There are dozens in front of us every day. The trick is to train yourself to observe with your writer's eye. A few evenings ago, my husband and I walked over to the main building at our senior living complex to have a drink and dinner. In the space of exactly 3 minutes, I saw 3 story ideas. Golden nuggets to feed my writing spirit. I jotted a few notes when we got home so I wouldn't let the moment slip by.
Online classes are also fuel for our writing spirit. There are myriad choices that you can find on your favorite search engine. Of course, they are not all of equal quality but study the selections, write and ask questions of the moderator/instructor and make a choice.
Fuel for the truck, food for the body and the same for your writing spirit. Stock up soon!