I recently wrapped up edits on my last WIP (which I guess is just a W now, as it’s no longer IP). It has seen many critique partners and betas and is finally as good as I can make it.
So, onto the next project! Right?
In my mind, I knew exactly what I wanted to work on for my next project. But when it came time to start, there was no spark. I poked around, working on outlines and character sketches, but nothing about the story was clicking with me. I tried a different story. Outlines, characters, etc. Still, no click.
Then, as if by divine intervention, I was reading a fantastic book* that has less than zero to do with any of my WIP ideas, and I felt a CLICK. (Capital letters totally necessary). Almost as soon as I felt that click, my new project fell into place and I found that excitement that was lacking with my other projects.
This click phenomenon is such a mystery to me, but it has happened before and I am willing to bet it will happen again. It’s like something in my brain snaps me out of a writing funk and finds exactly what I should be writing about and how I should be writing about it. Maybe my subconscious has been chewing on my writing dilemmas somewhere in the background of my mind? Is this a universal thing?
The thing about the click is that I wish I could put my finger on it and press it like a button any time I lack inspiration. But alas, so far, for me, the click never comes when bidden–it’s like my toddler in that way.
Has this happened to you? Have you experienced the click?
*Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel