… on Inspiration and Fright.

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Some days I dream about making a living as a writer.

Those are usually the days I’m frustrated with my actual job. I consider how amazing it would feel to have a routine of coffee and writing – with my characters and their voices as steady companions throughout the day. I plan decorations for my office space and I swear under those circumstances I would be a mean – (eat too much sushi to be) lean – book churning machine.

I know, of course, that it isn’t that simple. My muse would loathe for it to be that simple. My routine would probably include coffee, writing, tequila (I jest) and a heavy dose of braid pulling to deal with the fight to the death periods of writer’s block I’m wont to have. (Random aside: I find persons don’t use the word wont nearly as much as that word deserves). Somewhere during my fantasizing about workdays involving sitting around in workout clothes, guzzling coffee and doing what I love the most in this world… I panic. It isn’t just because it is pretty damn hard to make a living from only writing although the publication of my first book has opened me up to a whole new world of horror… which I intend to detail in the coming weeks. Usually, however, my panic is focused on the worry I’d quickly run out of things to write. I learned my love for romance (even though I denied it pretty heavily for years) snuggled with Nora Roberts’s novels. To date she has written over 209 books. What. The. Actual. Heck. I understand that this is a lifetime of work – Nora, who started writing in 1979, is now 65 years old. However, I can’t fathom having enough inspiration to write so many novels. Hell, I find it hard to look beyond the eight I’ve currently plotted. So, the question is: where does inspiration come from? Is it just the luck of the draw? Is it Maybelline – or are you born with it?

As it stands I generally find inspiration through music or trolling my favourite stock image sites. You will be surprised how often staring at an intriguing photo results in a short story and then something more. Yet, I can’t help but worry that in the long term these tactics will not be enough. At times I worry that the writer’s constant question of, “I wonder what would happen if…” will eventually lose its impact and I will be lost in a plot-less, character-less wilderness. I guess I have eight books to work on before I allow those worries to consume me. And, until then, I can increase the inspiration tools in my writing box by researching. I’ll start with you!! How do you find inspiration for those short stories, novellas and novels? Are there any muse-approved techniques you want to share? Don’t be shy… help a writer out!






4 thoughts on “… on Inspiration and Fright.

  1. I think I find alot of inspiration in traveling, thousands of feet in the air, sitting solitary as the outside scenery passes by; that’s when I’m most inspired. But sometimes it happens in the shower, or just waking from a doze, or moving with the current at my favourite beach. Don’t be so daunted by Nora, it will cause a panic many writers are wont to endure. 🙂 Plan carefully but not too meticulously, giving leaving your inspiration enough room to bloom.

  2. Ola..great blog, by the way. Very personal, heartfelt. Something I found worthwhile to spur my creativity has been this – mindfulness. Just being observant about the smallest of things can make for great plots and sources of creativity. I don’t mean solitude or sitting still. I mean being engaged, connected and yet being an objective- which is hard to do given we have on an average 50,000 thoughts in a day (not substantiated by any means). Keep the cell phone, IPad, Kindle and other sources of distraction away and just go for a small walk with just a notepad. You’ll be amazed at how much there is in the world to notice and derive inspiration from 🙂 Hope it helps!

    1. Thank you so much. I am sorry I have taken so long to respond, I’ve had a bit of a blog hiatus which I am trying desperately to break. I will definitely try what you have suggested and will tell you how it goes.

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