I've started my second novel. It's been semi-outlined for a while but now I've started the actual writing. This is a completely different book than my romantic love story that is scheduled for August release. This book is a dark story, full of morals and themes of course, but there is some unpleasantness, murder, crime and it's high suspense. Think "if Stephen King was a poet." I always joke that I'm as good as Stephen King-just not at writing.
I love this story. I feel like it's original and worth writing. But for a while I wondered if I could actually do it justice. Now that the writing has started, guess whose back? My muse. Until recently I didn't realise that a lot of people actually name their muse or actually feel their presence as a real entity. I've also discovered that most women writers have a female muse and most male writers have a male muse. I had to be different, I have a male muse. He's handsome, exciting, passionate, alive, creative and sometimes I read what I've written and understand that I didn't do it at all, it was all him. So I've named him, well actually he already had a name, but I won't share it here.
Now we writers, we're not completely nuts(just mostly). The muse is simply inspiration and writing in inspiration is a little like magic. As humans we personify everything we cannot explain. Inspiration literally means "in spirit" so there is some magic involved. Yes the craft is important. You have to be able to spin the tale, you have to smithy the words and hammer the hot forge of analogy and simile. You have to be able to write reasonable and believable dialogue, you have to be able to describe a scene that transports your readers and you have to be able to come up with a story people want to read.
Then there is inspiration. That unexplained bit of magic where a twist in the story you didn't expect dawns on you as you walk the dog and you rush home to take notes, where you suddenly see the scene where the characters are as though you are there with them or at least their God looking down on them. That is inspiration and it's what makes a story transcend. It's what separates fiction from great fiction. It's my favourite part of the process.
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