Before the dawn she wakes.
I am on fire with ideas for stories lately. I am unsure why, maybe because I have been unwell and have been early to sleep. Maybe because I have been mostly illustrating for my picture book, my writing muse is unhappy feeling neglected and unused.
Who knows why my eyes spring open at the least inappropriate hours, I creep out of bed wracked with guilt, knowing I will suffer the consequences later. Yet these moments do not come often. Something burns in my imaginings and I must write it down. For me these story ideas arriving at 3am are a right royal pain in the behind. They begin as a dream, a sort of half asleep, half awake state of mind. Yes I know it is ridiculous! Yet if I ignore the creative prompt and wait till the sun rises I cannot, for the life of me remember enough of the content. Sadly when I stumble out of bed later and my brain receives the first hit of caffeine, all is lost.
The more I try to recover the thoughts or ideas the more I am running around in a dark forest confused and bewildered, the magic gone. Might I add it is magic folks, the stuff of dreams and nightmares that are the most useful material I use for my novels.
Make the Choice
There are other ways for inspiring a writing frenzy. Taking a walk, I am a visual being and as you know I find joy in the simple moments. Photos can inspire a story of sorts or an excuse to write on my blog. Images are powerful tools for me. A certain light captured through the trees leaves me thinking of all sorts of possibilities.
I must admit the mad dreams are the most potent of stories. I had a dream of a small infant girl floating in a stormy sea. She was being pursued by a monster something under the water I could not see. The girl found a jetty and a kind fisherman who unknowingly saved her from her past. He made a joke that only a mermaid could survive such a cruel sea. My hero is born, The Stone of Vhalia. A fantasy novel, my hero was a boy, yet in the dream a girl, so I now have a strong female role model for this story. I will listen to my dreams.
EVERY hour is an opportunity to write! I guess what I am trying to say is there are writing opportunities in the most ungodly hours. I have accepted when I am experiencing these unfortunate power surges of creativity, I get out of bed and write them down.
When my mind seems clouded I’m okay with that too! We can’t have brilliant ideas every day. If you are a creative creäture be thankful when your tree of inspiration is ripe and ready for the picking. Take good care of your tree, nurture it and feed it with knowledge. Most of all respect it and watch it grow when you practice your craft.
When we get down to the nitty-gritty of writing, the inspirational ideas are just the beginning. The hard work and persistence is to follow. My muse is all over the place. I find it hard to tame her and keep her focused on one project at a time. That is the key for me. We all have our challenges.
Please tell me how your tree of creativity is shaping I hope you are nurturing it every day with the power of knowledge and using your gifts to share with the world.