FEATHERS of INSPIRATION
My daughter spotted this beautiful Kookaburra in Gran’s backyard recently and I captured the moment. With the help of photo’s such as these my character Cackle’s the pet Kookaburra will come to life on the page.
In Kookazoo he tends to poop on unsuspecting people, play the kamikaze sausage game at picnics, and devours anything with eight legs or less.
My tween novel Kookazoo is slowly coming to life, although some days I struggle to get my keyboard tapping. I find I keep going over the first half of the story, instead of just writing till I get to the end.
Today I had a BREAKTHROUGH! I started writing small pieces of story, the paragraphs rich in emotion or action. It worked, yet I was not satisfied. I still needed to push myself to get my outline complete, although the first five chapters I worked over and over, I am hoping they have some substance.
I thought about my lists and how the story links together; I decided to do something different, I wrote the ending. Yes, I started at the end and went backwards and you know what? For me it opened the floodgates. I am finally seeing this project to the finish line. By approaching the work from a different angle I was able to break down the brick wall, push through the gaping hole called the middle and out the other side. I am happy to announce I am now over the hurdle and almost three-quarters of the way through.
If we look at what is blocking our passion, ask yourself is it our own self-doubt holding us back. Mine sits on my shoulder whispering the negatives until I am blue in the face. If things aren’t working I say take another approach. Gather words, images use a visionary board, anything to boost your creativity and produce quality work. Don’t listen to the negative voice, block it and keep going.
How do you push on with your dreams, share your motivations with me, one day I will say I have finished my first novel. How about you?