As a writer, a spark of inspiration is as precious as gold.
My intended post to share today was a short story. I haven’t written short fiction for many months. I missed it, so penned a short story last week.
I had the feeling when I finished that the story, it could be so much more than 2000 words. When I came to editing it, this weekend, my partner read it over my shoulder. She echoed my feelings, it was bigger than a short story. It is now an idea taking hold for my third novel. This time a dystopian.
My advice to all writers is to write what you read. My two favourite genres are crime and dystopian. My second book is a crime thriller, it seems poetic that my third will be dystopian.
When the Inspiration Takes Hold
We started talking about where the novel could lead. Within three hours I had the skeleton of a novel. There is still lots to working out, but the bones are there.
I have written 3000 words already and have five pages of notes and ideas. When the inspiration takes you need to write.
All writers have times in their life when they struggle for ideas. That is why when inspiration hits we have to write. No editing, without thinking we let our fingers do the work.
This was one of those times. When you sit at a keyboard and can’t type quick enough. If this happens to you, go with it. Cancel social occasions if you want. Writer’s block is too common an ailment, to miss this opportunity.
The bug didn’t go away either. When I had finished the first chapter of the book, I then wrote three articles.
This bug can happen anywhere, which is why I advocate for phone writing. Can you imagine getting a killer idea and having no laptop or paper? It could happen, but most of us carry our phone everywhere.
Don’t let inspiration fade away without recording it. Have you ever had a killer idea as you fall asleep? The next morning you can’t remember it. This doesn’t only occur at night. Our brains are very busy, we forget more than we remember.
The excitement of a new idea.
Once you have given into the inspiration, the excitement will follow. Whether you write fact or fiction, we have all experienced this. The feeling that this is so good, you love writing it.
That is what happened to me this weekend. I have to write this story. Mainly because I have to see how it ends. The ending is planned, I know where the story is going, but I don’t have all the flesh. I have the destination, now I get to enjoy the journey.
Excitement for writing is the difference between success and failure. You have to be enthusiastic about your work. If you aren’t, why would your readers be?
The excitement for writing is the reason I write. Not the money, but the sheer joy of creating.
I was lucky this weekend. I had one of those rare writer moments. It happens to all writers, you just need to notice those moments. When this happens, ride the wave of inspiration. Become excitement and create a masterpiece. I can’t wait to read where your wave takes you.