I’m always interested to hear what gets people inspired to write, whether that inspiration is for a whole book, a scene, or even just a line of dialogue. On the tall tales and short stories blog, Lucy Coats talks about using mythology and legends in children’s fiction (thank you, Janice Hardy, for sharing this on twitter). I studied fairy tales and folktales for awhile, and have always loved mythology. I always thought I would incorporate them into my stories somehow but instead, my current novel is turning out to be heavily influenced by current events, political and otherwise. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (although it can be a depressing one…) Which proves the point that you can’t necessarily direct inspiration, but you can leave yourself open to it by reading and experiencing as much as you can. (Yes, sorry, I’m one of those who believe that you have to actually live life, not just read about it, in order to really be able to bring it to life on the page. Pardon the pun.)
All of which is great and means one little, teeny thing: I’m stalling. Now granted, I have to speed-read a book for Friday because I keep forgetting to do it and now my electronic lending period is ending in 3 days and I’m only like on page 15 out of 274, but that’s no excuse: I’m procrastinating on my writing. Here’s my commitment for tomorrow: tomorrow I will either (a) write new words or (b) start storyboarding. It’s going to be a get-my-allergy-shots night and it might also be a dye-my-hair night but I’ll still stick to that commitment regardless. Wish me luck!