What sets us writers apart from other people?
Most people would say that it’s our ability to write.
Sad to say, but… no. Any person can write a few very nice sentences. It only takes time and varying amounts of determination.
The thing that makes us writers, is our willingness to spot the flash an idea as it happens and run with it.
Interesting person… I wonder what would happen if he bumps into a priest. Oooh and then!
Hmm… Clash because of characters A and B will result in situation C… but what can I do with it?
On and on. Soon, the small thoughts that I’m sure most people have, but disregard, consume us as endless possibilities open up in our mind’s eye.
I’m a people person, so most of my past WiPs, including Doorways, started because some word or situation in a book will let a completely unrelated character into my head. But recently situations have been sparking off ideas.
Including a short story I’ll be publishing on my blog in October.
Of course, inspiration doesn’t always happen immediately. Sometimes, inspiration is a puzzle, with pieces strewn all over the place. Eventually you’ll find them all, but not by looking for them. They come to you.
But will all inspiration, the difference lies in the willingness to do something with it.
What about you? How does your inspiration work?
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