Although, now that I've paid the bill for the cover, I'm more than anxious to get it written and out the door, lol. I'm not sure if that's inspiration or not, but certainly it's motivation to say the least.
Which leads me to today's topic: Inspiration.
Where does it come from?
What inspires you?
The easy answer is "Life." Most of us put pieces of ourselves or our lives into our work - it's inevitable. Then there are the stories we hear -- or overhear -- from others that make us think "what if..."
And I have to admit, I find inspiration in strange spots, sometimes, like Scientific American. Or the odd newspaper article about a plane crash. Or a television news report of a shark attack. Or...
Face it. Inspiration can come from just about anywhere. But what changes an incident or a remark into the spark for a story? Do certain people's minds just take that extra leap and start spinning, creating spiderwebs of connections and characters? Or is it learned behavior - once you start down the path of being a writer, your brain purposefully looks at the everyday in a different way?
I've been reading a lot in the last week (seriously a lot. Like 3 whole books on Saturday alone. 2 more on Sunday.) And it never ceases to amaze me when I read something fresh, and wonder where the author got that certain inspiration. They say there are only so many unique ideas out there, but it's how an author approaches it that makes all the difference.
My next question about inspiration is a little harder: Once you have the spark of an idea, what inspires you to see it through? To spend hours, days, weeks... 100,000 words to reach "the end."
This second question was asked at a writer panel I was part of recently, and one of the guys on the panel answered: "Money." I was thinking, oh honey, you're in the WRONG business. If you're inspired to write because of a desire to make the big bucks, publishing is not really the place to be.
Unfortunately, that question went all the way down the panel and I had to answer it too -- cue the smell of brain cells burning in furious thought -- but by the time it was my turn, I'd realized what inspired me.
Readers. Fans, in particular.
I love hearing from readers who've enjoyed my books, but this summer I had the distinct pleasure to meet a few particularly excited young women who LOVED my books and my characters. I can't describe the thrill that went down my spine, seeing the excitement in their faces. So yeah, I know what inspires me to publish.
Now I jut need to find some motivation - and actual story inspiration.
All ideas are welcome.