I took a break over the past month, trying to get my MS ready for my CPs, and I had no time to really think about blogging, so I didn't plan anything for this post. The only things I could come up with fell more into the Schadenfreude/gloating category. Maybe I'll write about that some other time, but it's just not right for an inspiration post.
Then I thought about Stephen King. I've been thinking a lot about Mr. King lately. He's my favorite author, and I've always liked his novels and short stories. But I really didn't get him until I read On Writing. Up until then I was still under the impression that he pounded out Carrie, his first novel, in a week, sent it to the publisher and was rich and famous from there on out. Turns out, he worked on his writing for years, and at the time Carrie was published (after the manuscript was rescued by his wife from the garbage can), he was working as a high school English teacher, living in a trailer with no phone because the phone had been cut off, and worrying about paying for medicine for the baby. (note: I may be getting some of this wrong, it's been a couple of years since I read the book, and maybe different parts of this happened at different times, but it's all in there somewhere).
By the way, how awesome would it be to be able to say that Stephen King was your high school English teacher?
Anyway, Stephen King had to work hard to get where he is today. At some point he did hit the level where he could turn in 10000 blank pages with his name on the cover page, and it would be a best seller, but he takes his writing seriously, and he hasn't gotten lazy about it (looking at you Dean Koontz). If he can do it, I can at least sell a single copy of something I write.
(don't get me started on Dean Koontz)
So, that's my rambling inspiration post. What inspires you?
One more thing: Goals for October.
- Get my MS off of my hard drive and into the CPs inboxes by the end of the week.
- Build up some Karma points over at Scribophile.
- Start writing something short.