This is something I've actually been thinking about recently. I participated in NaNo again this past November in an effort to kick(start) my muse in the behind. *lol* I've have had a really long dry spell when it comes to writing and even making icons. It started when I went through a really bad period with my migraines, which are bad enough enough as it is. Then I had other health problems come up. Anyway, it's been very difficult to get my muse to go back to work. In an effort to get things going again, I basically got through NaNo by brute force. Not much easy flowing writing.
Which is why I was so excited when a prompt that I happened to see in a challenge comm that I'm not a participant in, caught my attention. It stewed in the back of my mind for a about three days. Then all of a sudden I got the idea for the fic I posted yesterday. I was visiting my gf and didn't have my computer, so it took me two days to write it on my kindle. (An experience I'm not looking to ever repeat. *lol*) I sent it off to my wonderful beta, and when she returned it, I found that the parts that had little to no corrections or suggestions, were the parts that had just "flowed" as I'd written them. They were the parts that felt so good when I wrote them, like it used to when my muse hung around regularly. I do hope it is a good sign of things to come. :)
Anyway, if I get hung up on a particular story, I usually skip to the next scene I have in my head, if I actually have another scene there. I like to listen to instrumental music while I write. It seems to help me to focus and concentrate on my characters. Speaking of which, I when I create an original character for a fanfic, or when I write about topics I don't know that much about, I do a lot of research. I don't ever try to pretend to be an expert on the same topics as my characters, but I have been down quite a few internet rabbit holes research wise. *lol*
I always feel good when I complete a story, or finish a nice batch of icons. There's a real sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. I mainly write SG-1 and X-Files femslash, and there's really a dearth of it out there now. I realize these are old fandoms and most writers have moved onto other fandoms. I kinda wish another fandom would grab me the way the ladies of SG1 and the X-Files have (or should I just say Janet Fraiser and Dana Scully? *lol*), but while I enjoy watching a lot of different shows, none of them have pulled me in the way my main fandoms have. So, I'll probably stick with them, until some other fandom grabs me and/or my muse.
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