Time does fly

Oh goodness!

Several days since my last update. The weekend, oddly enough, ate up my free time! Boo! Little writing was done but I have begun revisions on one of my short stories so it can be entered in a great contest. Here’s a snippet. Again, graphic content warning.

I almost missed it, the causeof the God-awful scent, but something made me turn to look towards the canal and see it. See him. Or at least I could only assume it use to be a him. The body was leaning against a tree, already starting to melt into the soggy ground. The skin was peeling away, like paper lit on fire, curled up around the edge of what was a head at one point, though it looked like a gunshot had gotten ride of most of it. The hands were turning gray, white moving spots digging in new holes in the rotten skin-devouring everything.
 
Anyways, moving on from that snippet. Lately I’ve been having trouble with inspiration. Now I know that you can’t sit and wait for the ‘muse’ to appear and inspire you to write. You will be waiting a long, long time for that to happen and the muse usually doesn’t want anything to do with revision or finishing a project for that matter. Inspiration for me is the drive to tell a story. It has to be urgent. I think that’s why I like short stories more (to write) than novels.

Something that has recently been helping me to re-ignite my inspiration for writing has been looking up quotes. I love quotes. Right now, the one that speaks to me most is from Neil Gaiman.

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world.Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.”

That is why I write. Because there are a million stories out there. There is a story in everyone waiting to come out. I even apply this to my characters as well. There is an entire universe to create, destroy and mold into something beautiful, something horrible, into something.

It’s been a struggle to keep up writing while working full-time and helping with an internship and other projects but it is what I love. Stories make the world.

So that’s my 2 cents. Do you have quotes that inspire you? Anything you do to keep yourself writing?

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2 Comments »

  1. Great Post! It seems like you are doing well with NanoWriMo. Congrats! I also find it easier to write short stories. My favorite quote is: "Never, Never, Never, Quit."-Winston Churchill It inspires me to keep going no matter what. 🙂

  2. Draven Ames Said:

    First, don’t sell yourself short. Finish your novel. You owe it to yourself.

    Two, it doesn’t matter how long it takes you. 250 words a night will add up.

    Three, you write well. When you take the time to edit, you will do fine.

    As for inspiration, if you can’t figure out what to do next, try walking down a trail while looking from left to right with your eyes. While doing that, think of the question, “What can Bob do to get the cookies?” Replace the question with your question.

    It is a form of hypnosis that will help you answer questions. Anyway, great new site and I wish you luck!

    Draven Ames


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