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Virgin Author Ch 1 Inspiration & A Fickle Muse


Inspiration & a Fickle Muse

This is me writing what I'll eventually turn into a book… It lasts so long as I’m not distracted or the energy behind it doesn’t burn out. Then… THE END. That’s all I write. I probably forget all about it in a bit and move on with my life. The book and all it could have been dies with me – blown away like a dandelion wish in the summer time. And yet we still have books. New books come out like clockwork all the time. Meanwhile, my story sits in a forgotten notebook with an artsy cover dusting on the shelf until it assumes the status of decoration or fills up just a little more precious space on my computer.

Books, like babies, don’t just happen. They’re made. You need to know what you’re doing and you need to realize you can’t do it alone. It’s not enough to ‘want to write’. Hell, you were probably thinking that when you bought this book. Maybe this book, the one you’re holding right now in your hands is the key to exactly what I’m missing to finally write my own story. Maybe you just wanted to humor the author – I wouldn’t pretend to assume…

However you got here to this very sentence, congrats. Now buckle up buttercup, ‘cuz we’re gonna take you from page one to writing book two. It won’t be pretty, but you’ll like it – maybe even come back for more after we’re both good and satisfied.


You and I both know why we’re here, pumpkin. You saw me online and just had to find out more. You wandered into the wrong store and I caught your eye. You took me home. We’re alone now. Shhhh…. No one has to know you’re into writing. It can just be our little secret. When this is all over you can go back to your boring 9-5 and pretend to care about office gossip and quarterly reviews. When they say what you do on your own time is your own business has never been more true. Lucky you.

There comes a time and place in every person’s life when they need to know about the birds and the bees of writing. If you never thought of writing as sexy up until now… well… I guess you just had poor teachers. Or were sheltered. Maybe writing is forbidden fruit. Maybe your local culture just doesn’t jive with it. That’s all ok. We’re going to change that.

We all get moments when the inspiration comes on us. We get… you know… in the mood. And that’s great! The first thing is to recognize when you want some. The second thing is to do something about it. Writing has never been easier. These days, there’s always an unattended pen lying around nearby just begging to be used. Why, there’s probably at least one within five feet of you right now. There you go, now I’ve got you thinking about it. Pens aren’t for everyone, though. I’m writing on my computer. (You’ll never guess what I’m wearing, either…) Some people even like to go out and do it in public – writing, you know?

Laptops are a hell of a drug.

My point is, realize that you have writing ideas. Too many people are walking around these days thinking they have nothing to say – which is entirely preposterous, because they just said something there. In order to even get an idea you have to have some sort of imagination – and we’ll just start there. Nice and easy. Don’t worry, we’ll be gentle (for now). For some people, it’s an image in their head… for others, it’s an experience they had once when they were younger. Sometimes, writing just happens.