As you can see, today’s topic is a little different than my usual book news posts. And that’s because I felt like switching things up a bit and talking about a subject I’ve never really touched on before, but have always thought was fascinating: bookspiration.
Just like every other author on the face of the earth, the question I get asked most by people is how do I find the inspiration to write books? How do I come up with an idea, characters, and how does one go about finishing a book they’ve started to write? This is what I call “Bookspiration”. The art of finding your muse.
The problem with this question for me is that my bookspiration has come in a different form for each of the eight books I’ve written. I can’t tell someone my methods because they are always changing, morphing, and becoming something new. For example, my first book was inspired by a single scene that popped into my head one night. My third book was inspired by a song. My latest project was inspired by the seasons. Sometimes I get the whole layout of the book in my head before I write it, sometimes I only have a vague idea of a character and where their story might take them before I start. Once in a while I write outlines, other times I don’t. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there is no one formula that is going to make you start writing a book and actually finish it. There isn’t just a single format that will inspire you. Instead, let everything inspire you. That would be my greatest piece of advice to any aspiring writers out there: find what moves you the most, write about it, and I guarantee you will write that book to completion.
So there. That’s my little nugget of wisdom/rambling for the day. I hope it made some of my fellow writers out there feel better about their up-in-the-air creative process 😉 Trust me, you are not alone.