So, I was going to do a post today about writing scenes of hope/healing, as a follow up to my Darth Vader/Breaking out of your comfort zone post. However, I have been sick the past couple of days, and instead of writing the post on hopeful, healing scenes, I spent the day in bed, drinking tea and sucking on tootsie pops. (Okay, I did eat actual healthy food, too; I even managed to cook eggs this morning, despite my Nyquil-and-illness-induced-morning-haze.) While being sick in bed, I watched a bunch of episodes of a pre-teen/teenage show about girls who turn into mermaids if they get wet. Yup. Mermaids. (This now gives me the perfect excuse to draw a stick figure mermaid. I cannot resist.)
And you know what? I enjoyed it. Watching this TV show, that is, though I enjoyed drawing the mermaid, too. Most of my regular TV shows are "adult" and intense and sometimes silly, but still adult--and it was a lot of fun to watch this and see how the writers wove the character interactions and friendships--so far, I think they've done it really well, in a way that has kept me clicking to watch the next episode.
Sometimes, if I'm feeling worn out with my writing and I need inspiration, I'll pause and read a book, or watch some movies, or play some video games. Depending on my mood, any of these things can get my imagination going, or help me work through a plot problem, or whatever. Seeing different worlds and stories and characters that have been created by other people is a very powerful thing. Such is the case with me at the moment; taking a break and watching something different has really helped my creativity. When my head doesn't feel like it's stuffed full of cotton, I feel I'll be even more ready to dive back into my current novel. (Which, for the record, has absolutely nothing to do with mermaids.)
What helps you get your creative juices going? Has this winter been as insane for weather and illnesses for you as it has for me? How many licks DOES it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop??