Weird title, right? What am I talking about?
I’m talking about the most fickle substance known to humankind – inspiration – and how to embrace it.
I think we all have an idealised idea of the ‘writer’s life’, where we envision ourselves sat, twirling a quill as we ponder the great unknown, looking for something to leap out at us.
The truth: it may feel like ideas come out of nowhere but that’s just not the case. We’re not wizards!
We’re people who want to create something that we enjoy, and which others enjoy, too. These things we create aren’t floating in a vacuum – we’re all at the whim of the events which buffet us through life and so are our ideas.
My next novel is called Proper Magic. It’s a light-hearted fantasy which doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s initial creation was based on a dream my partner had, aspects of it have things in common with Xena Warrior Princess and Labyrinth. There are a few references to Beatrix Potter and DnD.
One scene was even written immediately after seeing The Little Shop of Horrors live. When the book comes out you’ll know which scene!
Jeeze, Seb, you stole a lot of things, huh?
Nononono! Being inspired isn’t the same as stealing an idea. Creativity is infinite, and nothing can help charge you up than seeing the work of others. No-one creates in a vacuum. We are all inspired by what we read, what we watch, the world around us, our friends and family – even tragedy. Sometimes especially tragedy.
So let yourself be inspired, absorb the world around you and refashion it, improve upon it, augment it.
Next time you’re struggling with inspiration just let the world in!
… scary as that might seem…