Just go with the flow. Things will come to you. J.K didn’t write Harry Potter till she was 28. I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged about this before. I’m having a really great week this week, things are going well and its been fun, my confidence is up and I’ve finally decided that I still have no bloody idea where to go next with my story.
I’m back in my little coffee shop. Sat with my chai, MacBook and a dark chocolate cookie (shh, I’m supposed to be on a low carb diet, I’ll go for a run later that’ll cancel it out…). It’s so warm outside, so I’ve taken a seat by the huge glass window right under the air-conditioning. It’s bliss. I’m sure like you, there are moments in your writing and working lives where you have no idea what to do next. My best advice is to just be, do and enjoy. Do not over think things and let life take you where it will.
So, where am I at right now with my story? Well, I’ve got a plot and ideas on what will happen. It’s probably going to change entirely from a dark spooky book into something more magical and funny… I’m going to take inspiration from my favourite authors and old-fashioned stories, life experiences and from observing how other people behave and treat one another. So in the far off future when I come to publishing something and you think a character is based on you, it might well be. But at the same time, I am also taking my own dreams, childhood imagination and games I played with my brother to transform it into something that is entirely and only me.
“I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense.” Beatrix Potter
I’ve now finished my chai (far faster than most do, I don’t know what it is about me but I don’t seem to be able to sip, I drink in gulps and indulge in what I have. That’s probably why I get so frustrated with pistachio nuts. They take forever to open for only a second of joy… So I tend to open them all up and scoop them in five at a time rather than one. That way I enjoy the flavour and experience more than just dipping my toe into the ocean, jump right in.