Inspiration, Perspiration, Perseverance

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Inspiration can come from anywhere.

When I was a little girl, I found myself escaping into my imagination (as far back as I can remember). I’d spend hours playing by myself or with friends, creating stories within my dollhouse, doodling anywhere, (including while sitting on the bench during basketball practice), and writing stories in my 3rd grade classroom. My favorite spot was inside my big, empty box, which of course, wasn’t a box at all to me.

I still enjoy slipping away to fantasy land from time to time, mostly with pen or pencil, or laptop…whatever I can find to get my stories on paper.

 

On writing

The way I start my scheduled writing is similar to how I start yoga…calm the mind if it’s busy, busy like mine. (Relaxing music) Breathe away thoughts that might be in the way. Get into a comfortable writing mood and mode! Some days the mood and mode come easily, others not so much.  A stroll through the bookstore, a beautiful surrounding, teaching my students, or a little playtime with my daughters are great sources of inspiration. Other times, the stories come to me, and they don’t care where I am at that moment.

Tips for new or young writers

Do research. Do listen to critiques. Open your mind to advice, but ultimately you’ll know when you’re on the right track with a project by being true to the story. Write something that you enjoy writing and that you enjoy reading. Read your story to your pet. Read to children, if you can. Listen to them. Write for them, but ultimately write for you. You will learn a lot about yourself through your writing. The more your write, the more you read, the more you’ll learn and grow as a writer.

If you know it’s something you want to do, just keep going and see your writing as a journey. Know that there will be bumps in the road, and sometimes you’ll find yourself at a dead end, but with time and perseverance, you’ll find the right road to take you where your heart is guiding you. Keep at it.