I’m starting to feel like kind of a loser.
Okay, I always feel like a loser, as has been previously established. But on these topics – muses and inspiration – I’ve felt particularly loser-ish. I feel like I should have some kind of routine or plan for inspiration.
It just kind of happens. If you come see me at a reading or a signing (more events coming soon – I’ll keep ya posted), you’ll hear me talk about how writing a novel is like dragging a magnet across a table full of paper clips. You’ll come out at the end with a bunch – but not all – of the paper clips stuck to the magnet, and there’s your novel.
With The Weird Sisters, I knew I wanted to write a story of three sisters that centered around birth order. And I had been playing around with different narrative voices, so I decided to take a whack at the first-person plural the story is told in. And then I learned about Saturn’s Return and threw that in there. And I wanted to talk about how we communicate in families, so Shakespeare entered into it. And…well, you get the idea.
But it still feels kind of haphazard to me.
Am I the only one who just kind of stumbles into inspiration? Visual artists – quilters, painters, sculptors, are you any more organized about this?
Inquiring minds want to know.
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