I posted a thread maybe going on a year ago now about how I found a bit of inspiration by writing in a different font, changing the size and bolding the text, but now this one is quite surprising for me...
I have written 14,000 words since Thursday, now being Monday, Australian time, and it's all because I bought a laptop...
Has this happened to anyone else before? Have you ever found inspiration by doing something different? I'm just curious to see what others thoughts are on this.
During school holidays I go on 'writing retreats' I take my laptop and go live with my brother and sister-in-law in Canberra. I see them in the morning before they go to work, and spend the evenings with them, and while they are at work I write and write, like having a job writing. This is something I can't do at my own house. I think it is partially because I have no chance to procrastinate and that they are my muses.
Oh and Tim Tams, I am inspired by Tim Tams believe it or not.
I've found that the idea of changing font, margin and the like is great for editing - errors that were transparent through several readings pop right out. That hasn't led to anything like the inspiration you found, Leigh. Wish it would.
I have the exact opposite response to new tech - one of the biggest reasons I failed at NaNoWriMo 2005 was that I had just picked up a brand new iMac G5 about a week or so in - too many gewgaws and dingbats to play with.
I've sometimes found that looking at something in a different font brings out things I'd never have noticed otherwise---but I rarely do it.
Yeah, I've done better by switching gears and working on something else. I probably will shortly---the story I was working on seems to have died on me, so I might outline it, and then move on to something else. (I don't plan to take up my novel again until mid-October, after I get back from an out-of-town vacation.)
If something doesn't work for you as you write it, drop it and find something else to write. Life's too short, and if all other factors are equal, it's better to work on something that does work for you.
I don't have a laptop (because I'm simply not in a position where I can either afford or justify one) but I used my brother's laptop when he was down here. I found that, perhaps just being mobile was pretty powerful inspiration - if a room's too stuffy, for example, you can just move to another one!
One of my primitive pre-computer post-typewriter word processors was a laptop model---I did like the freedom of writing wherever I happened to sit down. (Or "lie down"---I wrote a lot in bed.) But the computer tied me down to right here in the messy storage room I call my office.
I should try again, maybe. The laptops are not so expensive that I couldn't get one that met my needs. (Dunno if I'd take it on the road with me---one more expensive item to keep an eye on.)