The sniffs and heavy sighing spoke volumes!
She knows that 100's of people take part in those competitions and that many have more experience than she does. I tell her for every 100 novelists there is only one successful short story writer and I tell her she's already had 3 things published in mags this year. However, she's not ready to think rationally at the moment.
Usually when I feel lacking in inspiration, I:
- Go out : Oh dear the car is being repaired. Perhaps a nice walk?
- Do housework: The chores help me switch off so that my brain is trying less hard to be cleverly creative. Ah yes those curtains need a wash.
- Read a ‘How to Write' book: Practicing some of the exercises can set off an idea for a story.
- Watch a film: Again it helps me switch off and forget my angst. Now which one shall I choose? Costume drama? Chick Flick? Young Adult? Sci Fi? Humour?
Does your muse sulk? What do you do?
I did some chores and then went out for a walk and on my way home the sun broke through the clouds like a spotlight. Then an idea for a story popped into my head.