Well, I am just bubbling with excitement and anticipation. It has been a long two years, but we finally got there.
I, in December 2013, had my heart set on starting a project. A project that showed what it was like to walk in someone else’s shoes. I called in any friend that had ever said to me ‘I want to publish a book’, anew I made it so. I found a word. A word that could spark so much inspiration, so much different inspiration.
Ask yourself, what story would you write from “An overwhelming desire to kiss.”
The creation began in January 2014. We all met up, ordered pizza and we began an epic brainstorm. We were mere 18 year olds when the project began (well, one was 19). And we worked on this project for months straight, we worked alone, then met and updated on our progress, although the update on progress became meeting up to eat pizza, drink coffee, laugh. Only about 40% of the time did we actually talk about the book. But we still continued to work.
It hasn’t been without its difficulties, life did get in the way. With us all still completing years in college and university, we had to work out how to create our characters and also revise enough to actually complete our education. But, we still managed to do it.
We managed to create five people; 17 year old Robert, 18 year old Isabelle, 21 year old Caleb, 16 year old Ellie and 18 year old Dom.
Each with their own story to tell, each with their own overwhelming desire to kiss.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I spent a week in the South of England. There were some very visually appealing little towns. Then we began our way back up North.
Stopping around the outside of London. We stayed in a Manor for the night, a very beautiful manor. When walking into it, it felt like entering a different world. Being transported back in time. It was amazing.
The moment I got to my room for the night the little bells were going in my head. The little bells that ring the word INSPIRATION INSPIRATION INSPIRATION. My brain began running at 100 miles per hour.
But what on earth could I do? I’m currently on a no, new character ban. So I figured, surely if I use a previous character, in a previous book, that would work around it, apparently not. That’s not allowed either. So I’m stuck, with this really, really beautiful place and no one to play with in it.
Well for for now anyway.
Pictures taken at Laura Ashley Manor.
I am a firm believer that getting up and moving can change how you write. I have a preference, when I’m switching up where I’m writing I will tend to go for outside.
Of course I have been known to go and get a Chocolate Crème and sit in Starbucks with my laptop. But outside is where I truly get inspired. I was lucky for it to happen twice whilst I was away this week. We went to the South of England and visited some coastal towns; one of which was the Gay Capital of Britain, Brighton. It was beyond words. There was just something in the air that gave us all a sense of belonging, of acceptance.
I worked on my Days of Drabbles, which should hopefully come out later this year. I was banned from creating new characters because of my 11+ WIPs. but it still happened (more on that in another post).
But the point of this post is; shake it up a bit, go find some place new, take your notepad and a pen (because nothing is better than WRITING in a notepad WITH a pen), don’t care about the mistakes, don’t care about the handwriting. Be inspired.
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Well I walked in the Pride March today and it was great! I even made someone’s day by going up to them and telling them that I am asexual too and I noticed their flag! Although we were almost swimming in the parade it was still a great day had by all and inspiration and empowerment from today is just buzzing!
So I thought I’d share a paragraph from Gay Brigade: Darren and Luke about Pride as I was in the Pride-y mood :D
“So what is Pride?” Dom asked as we walked down the sidewalk until we could stand in a place that’d give us a good view of the parade,
“You know that dad and I are gay?” Luke said so Dom nodded to him as we stationed ourselves, “Some people didn’t really like that a few years ago.” He added and got a rather concentrated frown,
“Really?” he said so Luke nodded,
“So people began to walk in Pride parades to show that they were gay and proud of it.” he said so Dom smiled and nodded,
“Do people like it now?” he asked so I looked at Luke as he looked up at me,
“Most people do.” He said, “So we still have our parades with our brightly coloured flags.” He said so Dom grinned,
“Good idea.” He said nodding then took the offered rainbow flag from me very happily and began waving it excitedly as Kenny did from Ryan’s shoulders.