Inspiration, Perspiration, Dedication–Don’t Fight the Write
I’m asked a lot about where I get my inspiration from. There’s one simple answer…life. I listen to what’s going on around me. I seek out articles on the Internet that are about people who have done things differently, changed their paths, had it rough. I remember back to what has happened in my life. I grew up poor. Dirt poor would have been an upgrade. I went hungry many nights because I wanted my family to be able to eat a decent serving of food, so I feigned that I wasn’t feeling well or wasn’t hungry. I remember back that feeling of a pit of hunger deep in my stomach–an acidic, rumbling cavern–when I need emotion. I watch people at stores and coffeehouses. I make up stories in my head about them. I choose to be inspired by all things instead of confused or downtrodden by memories or current happenings.
I also get asked about my schedule for writing. I write six (and sometimes seven) days a week. I’d love to take weekends off, but that’s not possible at this stage of my career. I want to write all the words, to take readers to a place where they can forget their day. I want to satiate a hunger inside of them for escape into another world. I want them to know they’re not alone in their struggles and issues. So I write almost every day. I write on holidays. I write on vacations. I write in bed. I skip some functions with my hubby to write. And last year I wrote 602, 462 words. No, not all of those words will ever see the light of day. Many times I write just for me, too. But still…I mentally perspire with writing every day, it’s my priority.
Then there’s the question of dedication. Why do you have this overwhelming need to write and to write a lot? I came into my passion late in life (in my 40’s, so not that late, but still). Once I’d realized I could release a part of me through words, I haven’t looked back. It’s true that once you find what you love doing it doesn’t seem to be work. I also dedicate myself to helping other writers become whoever/whatever/whenever they want. I believe that gifts and knowledge must be shared. I love reading a line that someone in my critique group wrote and it makes me tingle, shed a tear, hold my breath…then I feel like I have given my all to someone else and that dedication is the best feeling in the world.
With a little inspiration, perspiration, and dedication, writing can be the best release of emotion to take not only the reader to another place but also the writer.
Don’t fight the write—just write.