I’m a big fan of it. I even dabble in it. Sometimes, I actually write something that makes sense. Most times, I just babble on because my creativity ebbs and flows like the tide. Prosaic, I know, but true.
Take today. I decided to hop onto the website and add a Sample Chapter. Is it a good chapter? I hope so. Did it take me a year to write it? Actually, it took two. But I did it. Being closer to fifty than forty, I’ve wasted a lot of quality writing time wondering if I could even complete a chapter, let alone a novel. Somehow, I figured out the trick to it (a carefully-guarded secret that every would-be novelist is happy to share for free…or if they published a How-To guide, for three figs and a palm tree).
Writers write. Whether our work hits virtual paper, actual paper, voice-activated dictation or maybe your secretary will just take this down. But writers write.
I can tell you of an endless number of worlds, plot points, characters and scenes that I’ve developed during my forty-five minute commute to work and home five days a week. I load my iTunes with all the movie and television show scores I enjoy, and as I trek to the salt mines, the music carries me elsewhere.
That’s my Big Secret ™. Music. The one ingredient that makes the gumbo, GUMBO. Often-times, I’m inspired by a particular track, and then my imagination takes care of the rest.
If writing is a journey, then music is my vehicle. Everyone has their peculiar peccadillos, a method to their madness that gets them to the promised land. Music is mine. And all you need is the kernel of a scene, an image that pops in there that you can shape and hone. Then that kernel turns into a huge bowl of popcorn covered in garlic salt, and deliciousness follows.
I used to be a Tired Guy, but I grew tired of that. Now I’m a would-be, untried and unpublished author who’s finished one novel, working on Novel #2, and built this website in the off-chance someone might read and enjoy them.
Maybe you will. Maybe you won’t.
But that doesn’t change the fact that I wrote one, and will continue to listen to more music to inspire my creativity to craft a second, and a third, until I’ve run out of imagination.
And we all know that ain’t ever happening.
Thanks for visiting.