Rediscovering inspiration is an interesting process. It may not be a matter of finding a new inspiring force, but a matter of letting the old inspiring force resurface. This is currently what I am working on, because I have been given a challenge. The Hopwood writing contest has a deadline for submissions of February 8th and a page minimum for novel submissions of 100 pages. This gives me 16 days to get my novel up to 100 pages. I am currently at 62 pages. Last semester, with my inspiration, I was able to hit that kind of speed in 1-2 day bursts. I think last night, after spending some time sitting in a bath (as was necessary to find a way out of the bath scene in my novel), I finally caught on to the sort of writing vigor that I’m going to need for the next two weeks. I have a challenge before me.
To everyone: Make challenges for yourself. Suck it up, and accept them.
Offered challenge: 10-page short story, one weekend.