Tips from the Pros: Shelly Mazzanoble on How to Be Inspired

WritersdontcryInspiration. It strikes some people like lightning. Others wrestle their muse every night. And still other cajole and bribe their muse with Bridezillas, burritos, and time on twitter. But no matter how you find your inspiration, one thing’s for sure—when you have a deadline, you don’t have the luxury of waiting.Jumpstart

To celebrate the writing sensation of NaNoWriMo, this Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, some of my favorite professional authors have offered to share the techniques they’ve mastered for writing even when the muse is bad.

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How to Be Inspired
(Or, how not to forget to write a monthly column every month)
by Shelly Mazzanoble 

1. Dungeons & Dragons editor emails asking where your monthly Dragon column is.

2. Type array of pithy, juvenile responses like, “It’s up your butt” or “Ask your Mom” but respond with “Just proofing it now!”

3. Spend next 37 minutes looking at calendar marveling at how it’s been a month already. Didn’t you just finish writing last month’s?

4. No idea what to write about this month so you scan DVR in search of inspiration. Tim Gunn mentoring young mages tasked with creating robes appropriate for day and evening adventuring? Special guest judge: Elminster.

5. Realize DVR is 98% full, which you equate with a cluttered mind. Watch four episodes of House Hunters in effort to unclog the creative juices.

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