Inspiration & the Writer

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London

I seldom have trouble coming up with ideas about what to write stories about. I seem to have a knack for luring the Muse into my thoughts. The trouble starts when I have to sit down and write those ideas into a workable, readable story, with believable characters, and plotlines that make sense. Once I’ve started, I persevere eventually, albeit sometimes painfully. Birthing these stories is not always an easy task. Being a slave to Mistress Muse is often demanding, as she pours so many great ideas into my head, and there is never enough time to write stories about them all. I keep notebooks full of these ideas and inspirations, so that one day I can write about them, or at least the ones that hold the most promise for a genuine story.
By no means do I generate these ideas alone either. Sometimes my daughter tells me about her dreams, or about an idea or thought she has,  and I incorporate these into stories at times. She is the first to say that she has no patience to write down any stories so she gives me permission to borrow these from her.
Ideas come from everything around me; news articles about planets discovered, ancient ruins unearthed, some new species of creature found and catalogued. If I keep my eyes, ears and mind open there is inspiration all around me.

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”-

Pablo Picasso


Published in: on September 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm  Comments (1)  
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