What inspired me to become an author?
I never started out to be an author. I mean, I’m highly intimidated by good writers, so I’ve never been so much inspired by them as I have been influenced to back away and never try.
But now that I’ve been honing my craft for 10 years, I have a fuller perspective. There are authors who I go to now and read when I want to reinvigorate my soul: Nora Roberts and John O’Donohue to name two. But I read them because in-between their lines and their letters is a heartbeat of love for the written word. You can feel that pulse in their rhythms, and you’re attracted to the undercurrent of the passion they have for it.
It’s what I crave now: the feeling of affection for the work. And it is work. It’s important, though, to go that step further and turn what you do into a labor of love.
See, writing is just as complicated for those who make it look easy as it is for those who make it look hard.
It’s not some magical potion you take and—voilà—you’re a genius storyteller.
It’s basically a crap shoot. Really, it’s as mundane as that. You take a daydream, add a what-if?, mix in grit and determination to never quit no matter what, throw in a big pinch of giddiness in the crazy pursuit of the intangible, and what you eventually have is the inspiration you needed to go for it. But it really didn’t come from out there. It came from right there inside you.
I’ve always written something. Poetry. Music. Radio commercials. It’s something I’m naturally drawn to.
Maybe you’re good at sewing. Singing. Dancing. Computers. Math. Science. Cooking. Fashion. Photography. Where do you get your inspiration? You probably look at those people who excel in one of these areas that are close to your heart. That’s good. That’s the perfect start.
The next step is the most important one, though. You must get past the successful and proficient in your favorite field and look inward. Find your own glory and light. Become your own muse.
Because I can promise you no one will ever be a bigger inspiration to you than you are to yourself. The sooner you accept that, the quicker you’ll get to your goal.
That’s the secret to finding inspiration. It’s right there inside you.
About Cindy Irish:
Cindy Irish writes Contemporary, Paranormal, and Speculative romance fiction. She’s a member of The Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, as well as the Mid-Michigan and Greater Detroit RWA chapters.
Cindy lives in Michigan with her family.