Not any time soon since I still have to, y’know, write it, but I finally have an idea for the end of the book!
The idea actually popped up a couple of weeks ago. I was reading a post on the Live to Write blog where someone was talking about endings and which type of endings are common and such things. At first I dismissed it, snorting and thinking “I don’t want the same kind of ending that the majority of other novels use, I want to be SPECIAL!”.
But time passed and I kept thinking about it and an idea was actually forming. I still don’t have it clear line by line in my head but it’s definitely a solid idea that I didn’t have before.
And dismissing a formula that is proven to be successful seems rather silly, doesn’t it?
Lately the weather here in the UK has been absolutely amazing. Considering this week or so is the only summer we’ll get over here everyone is taking full advantage and spreading themselves out in parks and on lawns. The sunshine has a great impact on my mood and not least my inspiration. Here’s to taking advantage of nature’s own muse!
Sometimes you need the perspective of others to feel inspired. That’s why I sometimes spend time looking at quotes from various sources. If they seem to speak to me, I take a moment to reflect on the words, their meaning and their flow.
“It’s not who you are that holds you back,
it’s who you think you’re not.” – Unknown
“Every artist was first an amateur.” – R.W Emerson
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – T. Roosevelt
“Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet.”– Anonymous
What inspires you?
While I believe that you should practice your passion ultimately for your own happiness and peace of mind, the acceptance and support of your peers certainly is motivating.
I suspect it’s only human to crave the acceptance of others but I think it is especially true for those of us who practice something creative. It’s such a fragile process and I think we need to know that what we’re doing is more of a hit than a miss. If your passion is mathematics there’s little margin for error. Either you’re good with numbers or you’re not. With creating anything, whether it be a piece of literature, a painting, a piece of clothing, the boundries aren’t so clear. There are guidelines, but what seems correct to you might not to others.
That’s why it’s so important to have people around you who can broaden your view beyond your own vision. Having always considered myself a loner and definitely not a people person, even I am starting to realize that writing – seeming like such a solitary profession – is anything but. I’m already, far from being published, involving a number of people in my work and writing process. Not only through this blog, but privately. It’s clear to me that I need the input of those people who are different and stand outside my inner vision to be able to know what I’m doing.
Last night one of my beta readers wrote that she was reading “a gripping tale of deceit and intrigue”. It was difficult for me to realize that she was referring to my work and when it did there was an explosion of excited butterflies fluttering around inside me. Not only because of the rush of a compliment but because, despite my misgivings, someone is actually enjoying something I’ve created. And in the end, that’s the main reason – beyond the feeling of ‘I have to write to be complete – that I’m doing this.
It’s amazing to me that several of my friends and family are so invested in this. It’s a wonderful feeling.
I would say to anyone out there who does anything creative, whether it is a hobby or your career goal, to involve someone in the process. It’s very scary to show your work to others and it’s even scarier waiting for their feedback. But trust me, it’s worth it.