Story Inspiration Sunday

I blog about inspiration both here and over at Book View Cafe. Feel free to comment either here or over there.

I haven’t been doing a lot of writing this week. Instead, I’ve been focused on covers for books my press is releasing next week, as well as a new home page.

Revamping the web site has been daunting. I’m redoing all the book pages, adding buy buttons, and generally slicking up the place. (An example of a new page: The Popcorn Thief page.)

I just have to keep reminding myself that I only have to take one bite at a time. There are a ton of things that I still want to do for the web site. But I’ve done a lot of the major things at this point.

One of the major things that I did the last week was to test two products for creating my catalog of books: MyBookTable and WP-Catalogue.

Both of these products have pluses and minuses. I spent a lot of time studying both. If you’re not tech-savy, I would recommend MyBookTable – it has a lot of functionality out of the box that’s great. (Here’s an example of a site with MyBookTable implemented.)

I ended up choosing WP-Catalogue for my site mainly because of the greater flexibility in categories that it gave me.

So how does this tie into inspiration?

This week hasn’t been about “laying fallow” – not really. I’ve still been creating. But I’ve learned over the years that I need to be creative in more than one aspect, regularly. Just writing isn’t enough. I need to do artwork, or knitting, or painting, or making music, or something else, some other form of art, to fill the writing well more.

Next week I’ll be back on the writing train. I have a novel to finish, after all. But I needed this “break” as it were, to do other things, fill the well.

How about you? Do you do other art or creative endeavors? Do they aid in your creativity and writing?

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