Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Edison may very well have been right, but what good is the ninety-nine percent perspiration without the inspiration?
Where do our stories come from? Daydreams, life experiences, the people we meet, nightmares, what we hear, see, read, and imagine? The answer, for me, is all of the above. Every author will have a response unique to their life experience and their interests.
We listen to the news, read the paper, and build in current events. We laugh with friends and build in camaraderie for our characters. We yearn for love and romance and give it to our hero and heroine. The adventures we longed for belong now to our players. The lives we’ve led, or wish we’d led are, in part, imbued in our characters and plot lines.
But there is another aspect to inspiration that is often unforeseen. As we write, our stories take on a life of their own. Characters develop and lead us in directions we hadn’t anticipated or planned. A minor character creeps in and takes over. We try to contain him, but he has a mind of his own and insists on playing his part.
The hero’s friend becomes our friend. The heroine’s fight becomes our fight. As we edit and polish and rework our novel, we worry about our characters, love them, perhaps hate them, and can’t leave them behind. They become as much a part of our lives as the people around us. They are our inspiration.
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