Every passionate act has an endorsing drive, an inspiration, behind it. Even writing. What drives you to write, dear thankful/successful/earning/hard-working writer? What is that one thing that makes you get up in the morning, and get going with your writing? What inspires you the most to put your creative “ta da” on the world, every day?
Okay I’ll start. For me, it’s the sheer act of sharing. Ideas, comments, opinions, plots, arcs, slants — whatever it be. Just a thought of having to share something, anything, in writing with the whole world drives me to jump out of an imaginary rut and kick start. I love to bring something to the creative table each day. Without this, the creative land seems barren.
For example, I’d be reading a favourite blog, or an article or perhaps sifting through my own work on the hard disk while thinking about that intimidating project half-mindedly. You know, the kind? But the next thing I’d be shown ideas to develop on for this pending task via the blog or article I’ve been reading! Trust me on this: It’s like the Universe hinting and encouraging you to take up the task by throwing numerous juicy ideas your way! All in a subtle sense. Isn’t it then magical that you bump into ideas while doing something else? Sure is.
The point is, when you have the drive, you are shown the way. Literally. All . you . need . is . a . drive! And when you have that, miracles happen. You may be imagining what’s the best way to write a piece, and bam, you’ve got an idea packed in a newsletter. Or you may be thinking how to name your character, and woo hoo, you bump into a perfect match in the newspaper – all very accidentally. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve seen this happen.
UPDATE 1: Just as I was about to post this entry, I got an email (a newsletter to be precise) titled, “20 Ideas About Ideas (Real Cool List)”
UPDATE 2: A few seconds ago I came across a documentary which deals with the exact topic my second ghostwritten book is about, viz. the role of others (society, parents, friends, governments) in making us what we are today. Rest assured that I was not researching for my book at this moment.
How’s that for a synchronicity? Some may dismiss it as a co-incidence, but I take it like a little help package from the Universe. Why, wasn’t I talking of “ideas” when it got delivered? ;)
So tell me, my lovely writers, what is it that drives YOU? Is it the amazing feeling you get when you dream your name on a tangible print copy of a magazine? Or is it the genuine comments you await on your blog? Is it the recognition, name and fame? Is it the liberation?
What drove you today? Come on hey . . . tell us, pronto!
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