The obvious response to how to be a writer is write. But I think there's a more important thing that most people forget about sometimes. I know I do.
You have to READ. You have to expose yourself to other ideas and help stretch your imagination. If you're very intent on what you're writing currently, then by all means, finish and then do it. But make sure you do. I once had a critique partner who called it "refilling the word count." She was right. After I finished LEARNING SPACE, I had a bit of a writing slump. I started a Nano project, but I couldn't finish. My heart wasn't in it. I hadn't taken time to really think it through, and let myself recover from the other book.
Movies always help me - I love movies. They transport you, they're visual, and they're fun. It doesn't matter so much if its a "good" or "bad" movie. Some of the ones I watch over and over aren't exactly high class entertainment. And some of them are. Some are in black and white. (Arsenic and Old Lace? Angel and the Badman?)
My favorite right now is Jurassic World. I mean, DINOSAURS. And how does that woman do all that in heels and a white suit without getting more dirty (and going lame?)?
I think the thing that really kicked me out of my slump, though, was reading another book. I hadn't had time lately, but I got gift cards for Christmas and went to B&N, and you know what happens then.... Reading that one book had me ready to go and my fingers itching for the keyboard again.
Never underestimate the power of the written word. Reading something I didn't write and having my imagination stimulated by someone else's words helped to jump start my own.
What movies do you love? What books do you think I should read?