A thought-provoking question! For Gabriela Pereira, author of the DIY MFA Book, she doesn’t believe in waiting on your muse to inspire your writing.
“I firmly believe that creativity isn’t something random that may or may not happen to us. I don’t believe in an uncooperative muse. Instead, I believe inspiration is something we make happen. Yes, there is something magical about creativity, but it’s also something we can harness, channel, even manipulate.”
So, how do I usually jump-start my muse whenever I need her?
Sometimes, I even do all three at once! If I’m looking for a particular mood, I’ll select the type of music (via You Tube or Pandora) that fits the bill. When I’m “blocked,” music or some form of exercise almost always work for me. Other times if none of the above are successful, I’d take a short break and binge-watch a TV show in the genre I’m attempting to write.
What about you? What fuels your creativity?