As usual, I was playing on Facebook. I was looking at some covers my cover designer (Marisa at Cover Me, Darling) had designed. There was one that was gorgeous and would totally work for a book I have had in the back of my mind for awhile. I had to sit on my hands to keep from a buying a cover for a book that is a few years down the road and still locked in my brain. I reminded myself that I have a series (The Impossible Art Series) and a sequel (sequel to A Sadness Within) to finish. It was then that I thought, what am I doing here on Facebook, I should be writing!
Ten minutes later, I was switching from my iPad to my computer and opening up iTunes. Searching for my playlist, much to my dismay, I saw that I had no playlist. Of course this resulted in over an hour building up my playlist so that I had something to listen to while I write! And this is when my true inspiration hit. When I write, I plan and plot in my head for weeks, even months before actually writing a word. I wait for the story to come to me, and as I was grabbing songs, it finally started to speak to me. Certain songs were just jumping off of the page at me and begging to be part of my new project. As I listened to the songs, the characters took shape and began to develop their voice in my head. I realized that my main male character likes rock music. Old school rock. Like Jimi Hendrix or The Who. His potential love interest prefers The Civil Wars or Guster. They are both tortured souls (a trend in my writing?) and she has flaming red hair. There are some other details that are just too good to share yet as well. With characters that are becoming more solid and less ethereal in my mind, perhaps now, I will be able to write something.
Inspiration is always hard to come by, especially when your life is as busy as mine. I just have to learn to listen when it strikes.
A sneak peak at the playlist for The Impossible Art of Forgiving (The Impossible Art Series Book 2)
Go Insane - Fleetwood Mac
Sympathy - The Goo Goo Dolls
Red House - Jimi Hendrix
Rocketship - Guster