Hi all! Welcome to yet another Guest Post Friday! Carolyn was kind enough to add a bio today, so I’ll just skip on the intro. Instead, I just want to point out that there is now exactly one GPF slot open for this year, so you better jump fast if you want it. Please contact me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com if you’re interested. Have a great weekend everyone!
In Need of Inspiration
As writers we possess the drive, and determination to see a project through to completion, but what keeps us going? Is not part of it inspiration?
Inspiration is an external influence that activates our imagination, stimulates our emotions, intellect and curiosity. It works like fuel to our ambition. As a fire needs to be fed, so too does our creativity. Without inspiration that spark would extinguish. After all, didn’t inspiration give us the story to start with? It fired us with zeal to pursue it, to foster it, to refine it. Inspiration made our stories ones that must be told.
And the best thing about inspiration is that it strikes when we least expect it. Sometimes the timing may find us in the middle of a movie, or jolted from our sleep in the wee hours. But when those moments of inspiration strike as epiphanies, it’s like a high. They move us to action immediately. We scramble for something on which to record the thought so it doesn’t disappear. At that time nothing else much matters. I love those moments.
So what inspires you?
Maybe the answer is hard to pinpoint, or it’s difficult to choose just one. You could ask a thousand writers and they could all provide a different answer. And depending on the day, that same writer could say something else. Inspiration is ever changing – as it should be.
Inspiration doesn’t always give you the full story. Sometimes a new character tugs on your curiosity and pulls you in before you even know where the story’s going, but this is a fantastic place to start. After all, without characters our books wouldn’t exist.
But what if you’re not feeling inspired?
Remember this: Inspiration can’t be forced, but it can be fostered.
No matter how much we may try manipulating inspiration like a type of mystical power, the more it will fight against us. Inspiration can be stubborn as if it were its own entity.
Maybe consider your last spark of inspiration. Where did it originate from? Did it strike out of the seeming middle of nowhere? Did it hit you while out for a walk? Did it happen while you were sitting still or moving?
While realizing the fact we can’t force inspiration, we can most certainly avail ourselves to it.
Where can we find inspiration?
There is so much information on the internet, the possibilities of inspiration ignition are endless.
This helps clear the mind which can transfer it from the logical to the creative side of things.
Human observation cannot be underestimated. Conversations, interactions, reactions can trigger a new character that needs his/her story told.
Books, movies, television, music
I’m not talking plagiarism. But maybe you would have taken things a different way. This spark of inspiration can lead you down an original path.
You don’t just have to be a mystery, thriller or suspense writer to utilize this resource.
The Discovery Channel
It opens your mind, and lets you see places or things you may never otherwise.
Try something new
I recently went to my first airshow and found myself wondering what the lives of those pilots would be like.
My closing words: Remember inspiration can strike at any time, so be ready for it!
Carolyn Arnold is the author of several novels in the mystery, thriller and suspense genres. TIES THAT BIND, the first in a police procedural mystery series surrounding Detective Madison Knight is now available for purchase.
Carolyn was born in 1976 in the rural town of Picton, Ontario, and her passion for writing dates back to her teen years. Although, her first completed novel wasn’t until 2008, her drive to complete one has since turned into several. She lives with her husband of fifteen years and her two beagles in Southwestern Ontario.
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Detective Madison Knight concluded the case of a strangled woman an isolated incident. But when another woman’s body is found in a park killed by the same line of neckties, she realizes they’re dealing with something more serious.
Despite mounting pressure from the Sergeant and Chief to close the case even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars, and a partner who is more interested in saving his marriage than stopping a potential serial killer, Madison may have to go it alone if there’s not going to be another victim.
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