Beginning novelists are often confused about imagination and inspiration, unsure of the specific roles each one plays and unsure of how the two interrelate.
The internet has brought everything at the tip of our fingers. So whenever you feel depressed or ‘blue’ you can open up any blog directory and listen to your favorite music. You can also sort out your favorite numbers according to genre in a music directory.
The dictionary defines inspiration as “stimulation for the human mind to creative thought or to the making of art”. The ancient Greeks personified this idea into a muse, but a more modern idea of inspiration is things that you like or things that attract your attention and stay with you.
Inspiration can also be drawn from a great book, movie or play. Look keenly around you for a role model. A single person can change your life for the better. Learn about the lives of great men and know what drove them to achieve impossible feats. Take failure in your stride and be persistent in your efforts.
When I was then a budding investigative reporter, I have seen a murderer shed tears when he listened to an old love song. I couldn’t believe what I saw, a convicted killer crying over a song? It was only then that I fully understood that his tears were the tears of a father missing his kids. The song brought memories of his family whom he defended from a drunken neighbor who tried to harm his loved ones. It was only then that I realized that music touches not only our listening sense, but our hearts and souls as well.
Make sure your role models align with the areas in your life that you are passionate about, because it’s important to determine whether they are the source of inspiration that is most important to you right now.
Once inspiration has found you, seize upon it! Act immediately to tackle your goals, and don’t let up until you achieve it. If you were watching a movie when inspiration found you, get up and act! Doing nothing or delaying action when inspiration finds you is the surest way to kill it.