Writing is something I started because I had a story to tell, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing once I started. However, as time has gone on, life has done the same. And just in case you didn’t know, life gets harder the farther along you go. As much as I tried, I can’t quite keep life and writing separate. Sometimes I use writing as an escape from life actually. Unfortunately that means that if life is going pretty bad, I can lose my desire to write, even lose the joy in writing, and lately that’s what’s been happening.
So what to do to make writing interesting and fun again? Because if I’m not really into it, not passionate as I write, I know the writing will be poor-if it comes out at all.
One of the things I recently did was to create a new character that I really enjoyed. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my current characters, but the MC in my new work in progress is pretty depressed at the moment, and I need to liven it up a little. Of course I’ve given him plenty of reason to be depressed, and he will get out of it and grow, but he needed a new, out-of-this-world complimentary character.
This new character is actually an organic spaceship with telepathic abilities. Oh yeah, tell me that isn’t cool. I’ve wanted to do this for quite awhile but it never quite worked. The idea actually came to help solve a communication problem I was having. The ship’s character tends to have the joy and curiosity of a young child with a little of their mischievous nature, but also has the confidence of a teen, the wisdom of a seasoned officer, and can be forward. Her name is the Greek word for Elegant. I believe I chose the Kompsos version.
When I create and I discover a new character, it helps renew my passion to write. What about you? What do you do when you don’t want to write (especially when life is getting you down)?
Keeping It Fun