Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Mystery of Inspiration
But I don't.
There are clues, sure, little nuggets of ideas, stops and starts along the way. If I look closely, I can find insight into when I started writing, or how I got a particular idea, or why I'm attracted to certain kinds of stories or themes. Still, there's a bigger mystery out there that I can't quite get my arms around.
What made me want to write in the first place?
I love to share my stories with other people, and love it when someone connects with a character the same way I did, or even better, connects with her is a way I didn't imagine. But the more I write, the more I realize that as much as I want to share my stories, I don't write for other people (there lies the path to crazytown), I write for me.
There is a certain amount of control that comes with making up the rules to your own universe, and I can't deny that I enjoy having the ability to shape and change what happens, to craft the perfect line of dialogue (it helps to have months to think about that quick comeback) and to resolve conflicts from within the safety of the page. It's fun to explore different experiences and world views through characters, and I almost always discover some truth that I wasn't even aware I believed until it showed upon the page.
But that's not why I write either.
A lot of times, writing is hard, so it's not that it's easy. I don't consider myself a tortured artist, but I do know that writing isn't always fun. It's mostly fun, so maybe that's part of what keeps me going.
In the end, I think that I write for no other reason than because I can't not. Now if I could just figure out why...
Talia Vance is the author of SPIES AND PREJUDICE, described as Veronica Mars meets Pride and Prejudice, as well as the BANDIA series (SILVER; GOLD) based on Celtic mythology. You can find out more about her at www.taliavance.com
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