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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Inspiration and Social Networking

Last night I was sitting in my bedroom, minding my own business, when I was suddenly attacked by my muse. She tackled me, held me down and vomited in my brain - in a good way! I've never experienced anything like it before. One moment I was watching TV and talking to a friend on Twitter, and the next I had the plot, characters, lore, book titles and entire premise for three fantasy novels. It all just appeared in my head and within an hour I had ten pages of notes detailing each of the three books.

I can't give many details here because the ideas need a lot of development and time to really grow into novels, but the idea of inspiration intrigues me. I honestly couldn't say where these ideas came from - it was as if someone just placed them, fully formed, into my head.

I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else? I'd love to read some of your experiences with inspiration, how it comes to you and what inspires you. Please leave a comment below if you have a story to tell.

Onto other things...

Yesterday I was on Twitter and I just want to show the power of social networking to you. I tweeted a question to a famous Hollywood director (I'm not going to name names) and he responded. So, I tried my luck and asked him another question, and another. He answered five of my questions, each giving me invaluable advice and I am so grateful to him for taking the time to converse with me. The final tweet he sent to me was requesting to see my novel when it is released next month. Now, I'm not naive enough to believe that he will actually read it, maybe he was just being polite, but that's how easy it is to make a connection and in this business - it's all about who you know.

So, from my success with the director I then tweeted a published novelist who I am a fan of and she also answered my question - providing me with very useful information. So, I say to you all - if you have a dream, go for it!  Take a chance, put yourself out there and don't be afraid to ask questions. The worst that would have happened to me is to not get a reply... and look what my actual outcome was... several tweets from a director, some insider advice and a request to read my book. It's far beyond anything I was hoping for.

On a personal note - today is my Nanny's birthday. Hands up who loves their grandmother? *Raises Hand* HAPPY BIRTHDAY NANNY!

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