I'm posting today but I wrote this a week ago. I'm actually somewhere in the Caribbean. My DH and I have been looking forward to running away together all year. And I refuse to let the threat of a late season hurricane dampen my spirits. I'm sure the ride's a little rougher than I'd like--I'm prone to seasickness--but I never travel without my little scopalomine patch. It makes me a little loopy, but I think my DH likes me that way sometimes!
I don't believe in the muse, but I do think all stories bubble up from a writer's subconscious. So I look for things that stimulate that creative part of my brain. Travel revitalizes me. New places, new experiences feed my imagination and give me new ideas for stories and characters. When I'm in the zone and writing a story I've plotted, I can usually crank out 10 pages a day. But I need "down times" too. Time to fill up, to plan, to play with my characters and plot points, to dream.
And do a little recreational scopalamine.
We all need something that refills our cup. What do you do to recharge? What inspires your best ideas?