Fueling My Writing Journey
There was a time when I worried that reading other books while writing would strip away my identity and make me sound like someone else. However, I soon discovered that my unique writer's fingerprint always shines through, regardless of the authors I read. Surprisingly, I also found that listening to audiobooks serves as a great source of inspiration. I vividly recall mornings spent pounding the treadmill, immersed in a captivating story, only to return home with an irresistible urge to grab my laptop and write.
Inspiration can be found in unexpected places, including films and TV shows. Whether it's a heartwarming chick flick or a gripping drama, these stories often ignite my creativity, particularly in character building. Recently, while engrossed in Criminal Minds, a show far from the usual chick flick genre, the beautifully portrayed friendship between Penelope Garcia and Derek Morgan captivated me. It resembled the nuanced character development found in novels, leaving a lasting impression.
Every situation we encounter, whether joyful or challenging, holds the potential for inspiration. Think back to the loss of your first pet—did you quietly shed tears into your pillow or sob uncontrollably, desperately hoping it wasn't true? Every moment in life possesses its own unique inspiration. Even the people we encounter unknowingly contribute to our creative wellspring. Observe their mannerisms, listen to their idiosyncrasies, and use them as the raw material that enriches your writing. The Nigerian lady at the reception desk who clicks her tongue when frustrated, the neighbor upstairs whose cooking aromas drive you mad—these observations can breathe life into your characters.
Many believe that writing is easy and that they could do it if only they had the time. However, it's not the act of writing itself that poses the challenge. It's the art of harnessing inspiration, maintaining momentum, committing to the process, and persevering through creative boundaries. Writing requires dedication and perseverance. Yet, there's no greater reward than holding the final proof copy of your book in your hands, knowing that your hard work has paid off.
As writers, we have an abundance of sources from which to draw inspiration. Whether it's immersing ourselves in books, finding motivation in audiobooks, or observing the world around us, each experience shapes our unique writing journey. Remember, writing is more than words on a page—it's a commitment, a creative exploration, and a labor of love. So, keep writing, harness your inspiration, and may the final proof copy of your book be a testament to the fulfillment that comes with hard work.
Best of luck on your writing endeavors!
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This blog post reflects my personal experience as a writer, and individual results may vary.
Hello, my name is Victoria I am an author. I would like to share with you my opinion & experiences and I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.