From the beginning of my writing days in elementary school when we were required to write short stories beginning with a specific prompt assigned by the teacher, I have always had the desire to write books. I enjoy all sorts of creative outlets, but writing is by far one of the most important and rewarding to me.
For a long time I have struggled with narrowing down my concepts into a workable topic or plot because I have so many snippets of ideas that I feel could be meaningful and worthwhile with some planning, hard work and inventiveness on my part.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had a “spark of vision” for a writing project while talking with one of my closest friends. I’ve been pondering that idea ever since and I think I’ve found somewhere to start.
We all know the cliche “stick with what you know” and while I think that thought might sometimes limit us, sometimes it brings focus to a mind that seems to be swimming with many thoughts going every which way. That has been the case for me in mulling over the idea of my new writing endeavor.
I want to use some childhood experiences and memories as the backbone of a book that I can imagine might be best marketed towards pre-teens. However, I don’t want to the book to be autobiographical in nature; I simply want to use some of my own memories as inspiration.
I’m a nerd and I love to pull up Dictionary.com every day and see what the “word of the day” is. Today the word is “afflatus”: -noun, a divine inspiration.
So, is my inspiration divine? I don’t know, but for now I’m going with it and we will see where it leads!