Re-igniting the spark

It’s a strange feeling finishing a book. I’ve been in a lost phase wondering what will happen to this story and what I will write next. I think I needed a break from writing just to let it all sink in and try to disengage my mind and heart from one story with the hope to move them onto a new one. This transitional stage left me a little bereft of inspiration and spark. As a result, I retreated from this blog for a few days in case I filled it with depressing musings and woe-to-me posts. Which would not have been fun for you to read.

My spark is slowly re-iginiting thanks to starting to send my story out to agents, booking my summer holiday (Seville here I come) and having two ideas for new stories. I also shifted myself from the house , met friends and went shopping for some holidays bits. The sun shone yesterday for the first time in weeks it seemed and that helped brighten the world up. I also found some new music and watched Horrible Bosses, which I found surprisingly amusing. I also read a lot and I’m going to post about them tomorrow. I dyed my hair back dark and I brought some new bright make-up to make sure I don’t look like Snow White with it πŸ™‚

What I’ve learnt the past few days is that’s easy to let yourself get into a funk, to shut the door, climb under the covers and wallow. To let yourself get strung out and start questioning everything. I get easily stressed and anxious and nervous but I need to calm the hell down. I need to chill and breathe and not worry so much. I need to go with the flow and believe that what will be will be. That inspiration will always return. The sun will always come back.

And I won’t lose my spark forever – it can always be re-ignited.

How do you re-ignite your spark?

Victoria

xoxo

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29 thoughts on “Re-igniting the spark

  1. I agree with Lisa and with you. We must do things for ourselves. Separate, even if just for a few moments, from those things that weigh down our minds. It does wonders for the spirit. You should post pics of you and your new ‘dark’ look. πŸ™‚

  2. I am doing all kinds of inspirational things, like listening music, drawing, writing, reading… whatever… or doing something completely new which will inspire me and get the spark going again πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  3. Horrible Bosses cracked me up. It is SO hard to stop the funk from taking over. I have wallowed in it so much lately! I think just looking for he sun and keeping a bright outlook is the best way to be. πŸ™‚

  4. Seems you are doing everything right. The feeling down is only natural after living with a book for so long. You are quite right to do different things – actually normal everyday stuff – for awhile and then gear up to begin the process all over again. I like to consider such periods as part of the writing process anyway, as interacting with your friends and the world at large will ignite your spark better than anything else. Enjoy your holiday πŸ™‚

  5. I know this feeling all to well. It’s so important to let yourself recharge and not let yourself get down when you’ve spent so much time on one thing.Just engage with everyday life, see friends, go for long walks, read more, listen to great music. My one tip (helped me last night) is listen to classical music. No lyrics to mull over and almost felt like I was writing a scene to try and fit the drama of the music. Don’t know if that makes any sense but works for me πŸ™‚

  6. The Boy with a Hat reignites his spark by visiting the town and falling in love with girls and women from the street, preferably inaccessible ones, and then, once back to his self-imposed solitude, thinking about them, imagining how they are like. Romantic thoughts tickle my imagination, and ideas flow.

    PS: Once you reach your holiday destination, make sure you try traditional Seville orange marmalade. It’s glorious.

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