Inspiration can come from anywhere. It could come from a song, a photo, a movie, or a line in your favorite book. It could be anywhere. All you have to do is pay attention. Believe it or not, I get my best inspiration, when I’m getting ready to go to sleep, or when I’m getting up in the morning. Sometimes I just lay there and ideas hit me one after another. Then, I have to scurry and write it down in my writing journal, so I don’t forget.
As you’ve read on my blog, I got halfway through my novel for NaNoWriMo 2012 in November. I still haven’t finished it. I’m still working through some plot points and characterizations that I would like to change. I have this urge to go back and edit the pages I’ve written, instead of continuing on with my novel. I know I’ll finish it eventually.
Writers know that sometimes there is the writing you are supposed to be doing, and then there’s the writing you want to be doing. Prudence dictates doing the former over the latter. But sometimes, as Alaya Dawn Johnson found in writing The Summer Prince, there might be something to telling prudence to take a hike.
ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON:
I tend to write my novels the way other people quilt, in a somewhat-ordered patchwork of varied materials that have arrested my interest. Which means that whenever I discuss my inspiration for The Summer Prince I end up babbling about matriarchies and fame and what a non-heteronormative society might look like when projected into the future of African diaspora culture in Brazil, plus music and art and human sacrifice (I thought about including reincarnation, but that seemed like overkill).
But since this series is called “The Big Idea” and not “a…
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