The Book Diva’s Reads is pleased to host a visit from Danielle E. Shipley, author of Inspired. Today Ms. Shipley will provide some food for thought for all of you that are trying to make the leap from reader to writer.
From Reader to Writer
By Danielle E. Shipley
Thinking about taking the leap from lover of books to writer of books? Anyone can tell you that there’s no one way to go about it. But if you’re looking for a little inspiration to get you started, you can always consider Annabelle Iole Gray’s 5-step plan to authorship!
Step One = Hang around a bookstore. If any muses are on the hunt for brand new authors with which to start up a creative partnership, it’s probably the first place they’ll look. And hey, even if a muse doesn’t show up right away, there’s still plenty of inspiration to be found. It’s a store full of books!
Step Two = Keep an open mind. Your muse is on your side and wants to fill your head with brilliant ideas. The sparks of those ideas may come to you in a dream, in a snatch of a music, in a glimpse of something out the corner of your eye… You never know where, when, or how inspiration will strike, so don’t dismiss anything out of hand. What seems pointlessly silly one second may have you shouting “eureka!” the next.
Step Three = Write everything down. All those brilliant ideas won’t do you much good if you can’t remember them. There will always be distractions and non-writing responsibilities clamoring for your attention, so whenever possible, jot your ideas down right away. Feel free to think out loud – or rather, on page. Let yourself ramble, “stream of consciousness”-style; the good stuff may be hiding somewhere in all those messy, half-formed thoughts. This sort of note-taking also makes a good warm-up for actually tackling the book. Writing is writing, after all, so keep the muscle loose!
Step Four = Fail a lot. Writing a book is hard. You may enjoy it, you may even be a natural at it, but it will still be hard. There will be plenty of times you can’t find the words you’re looking for, or the story doesn’t seem to want to make any progress. This is both frustrating and perfectly all right. Just keep writing it wrong until you find a way to write it right. Try to be patient with yourself, even if the people in your head are getting cranky at the delay.
Step Five = Succeed at last! You may have to spend weeks, months, or years on Step Four, but if you give it your ninety-nine percent perspiration and that last one percent of inspiration from your muse, you will have the triumph of a completed book. A published book? Well, that’s another bucket of fish entirely, to be saved for another day. In the meantime, you lover of books, you, guess who’s just created a brand new book to love? That’s right. You. Right on, and write on.
Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home-schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it.
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Inspired by Danielle E. Shipley
ISBN: 9781937744434 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781937744441 (ebook)
ASIN: B00IWBT898 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Publication Date: March 17, 2014
For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.
In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.
Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.
Or so he hopes.
Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.
Read an excerpt from Inspired by clicking here.
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