Writing Ideas Drying Up

You know what scares me? That I haven’t had many good story ideas for a long time. By story ideas I mean short story concepts or ideas to put into the novel. I used to have post-it notes surrounding my desk, but that slowed down this summer and eventually stopped. I don’t know why. I don’t know where they come from – they’re flashes of inspiration that either happen spontaneously or from thinking about something else (“hey, that would be good to put into the novel”). They’ve dried up. I don’t know where they came from, so I don’t know how to bring them back.
What’s changed recently – well, had a daughter, and that results in some lost sleep, but since this started in the summer, I can’t firmly pinpoint that at the cause. I’ve had a designated writing time every weekday for forty-five minutes, and whenever else I can. I don’t know. Maybe I haven’t been thinking about the stories lately – that usually prompts ideas. Maybe my focus hasn’t been on my writing. Maybe it’s just a dry spell.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at http://www.ericjuneaubooks.com where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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