Meet my friend Pam, a writer and member of my critique group and future NYT Bestselling Author. I invited her here today to discuss how she stays inspired to keep writing.
When asked how she handles writing problems, here's what she said.
I always look for motivation and inspiration from others. Therefore, I agree with author Amy Tan when she says, “The kind of imagination I use in writing, when I try to lose control of consciousness, works very much like a dream.”
Like Amy, I believe a person’s subconscious is a powerful tool. If consciously applied, it can help solve almost any problem. And not just possible plotting issues, but all the worries and heartaches humans encounter on a daily basis. Our dilemma though is how do we tap into this virtual goldmine? Most of our bodily functions are performed on a subconscious level. We breathe without doing anything. Our heart beats, kidneys and liver filter, and eyes blink without us having to lift a pinkie.
So how do we reach this state of subconsciousness that hordes all the answers?
For me, it’s nothing more than getting a good night’s sleep. Right before I doze off, I concentrate on my problem. I even write it down because that what most experts say is the smart thing to do. I believe the magic happens while I dream about the situation. The answer doesn’t always come the next morning. Sometimes days pass before the light bulb in my mind flashes on. But one thing is true--it always does come on.
Give it a try and see what happens.
Bio: Pam writes sensual romantic suspense and paranormal, and in 2007 sold a short story to True Romance magazine. Currently, she is a 2008 Daphne du Maurier contest finalist.
Posted by Mary Marvella | 4:51 PM | Amy Tan, Daphne du Maurier finalist., inspirational quotes, motivation, plotting issues, subconscious | 10 comments »