Crossposted from my own journal ^__^.
Ok, so I had this epiphany the other day.
Actually, it was the other night, but we'll get to that part.
When I was younger (think middle school on up) I would create these stories in my mind as I went to sleep. Most of them tended to be little romances involving strikingly handsome suitors of beautiful women in need of saving. I'm that type of girl, it makes me happy. I had mostly given up twiddling those kind of stories in my head just because I had other things to think about (work, role-playing games, MMORPGs, etc.). It wasn't that I didn't like them anymore, it's that I didn't need them. My mind was full enough when I put my head to my pillow.
But the other night my mind was relatively empty. So I thought, why not? I started running the story through my head and before I knew it, I was batting around ideas and scenarios for my book. Seriously throwing the plot into high gear and figuring you things that I had previously been like, 'I'll think about that later.' It was semi-disturbing because I suddenly wanted to go write (now dammit, while I have the inspiration), but I needed to sleep. Eventually I slept. But then I got up the next day and got out a few pages. Then the next day a few more. I think I probably put out about six or eight pages last week, which isn't bad when I'm not even trying.
This week, I've used my nifty new 'think about something else to inspire creativity' technique and I've written 14 pages as of yesterday. My goal for this week was 12. I'll probably proceed with the 12-page goal for a couple more weeks. If I continue to go over, I'll up the weekly goal. Ultimately, I'd like to get to about four pages a day.
I lucked into this, but I wanted to share it. I know how hard writing is, how difficult it is to get interested in something enough to write it. Maybe interested isn't the right word. Maybe it's inspired that I'm looking for? At any rate, it seems if I stimulate creativity in ways other than just staring at the blank screen, I seem to get more done. Having a goal is nice, too. I never could work without a deadline. Unless something was eating my brain, which happens on occasion.
I just hope it helps someone else out. This was never a technique I considered using before, so maybe it's something inherent in all of us that we need to think about "something else" in order to get creative on a project ^__^.