Where Do I Find Inspiration?

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It is all around us, blooming in gardens, soaring across the sky. Don’t be blind to the things around you. Take a moment and just watch. Explore the world around you and let the fresh air cleanse your mind, body and soul.

You might be panicking at this point, knowing you have lots of work to get done or a deadline you can’t miss. Worrying about it may drive a bigger wedge into you then nothing will get done.

Walk:
Head outside, take a deep breath and relax. It may be hard to let go of something, but remember the sooner you let the tension go the faster you can return to work and get it completed. Take a calm walk, if you need to decide on a location to get to.

Watch and Listen:
There is inspiration all around us, do a little people watching. Explore your environment. You can do this part if you are out on your walk or shopping, it is easy to do all the time. Listen to the people around you, the way they talk, the things being said. Watch their actions and use it to fuel your ideas.

Meditation:
I have never mastered meditation, but don’t let that stop you. There are many great sites and books that are out there about the subject, do a google search and find the best one for you.

Check out some art & photography:
If your surroundings are subpar, online pictures can be a great resource for you.

Many websites are out there:
www.deviantart.com – A great community of artists and those devoted to art.
http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/ – The source for pictures, I mean come on, this is the National Geographic. Who hasn’t been inspired from one of their photos.
http://inspirational-images.tumblr.com/ – A collection of Motivational pictures and quotes.

Talking:
I know it may see simple but it really works. I have a writing partner, so I know the benefits of having someone to discuss my work with. Anytime I stumble in my work or have a bad case of writers block, I have a conversation about what I’m working on and the concerns I have that won’t let me continue. We talk about it and always fix the problems or break the block.

Personal Experiences:
A great tool is to build your world around personal experiences. Dig back into things that you had to push through, fights, arguments, personal problems. Why let it torment you, use it to fuel your words.

Don’t you dare give up.

Ian Desabrais

Write it once, edit it forever!

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Being a self publisher is a lot of hard work. You have to pay for everything yourself. If there is a single mistake in your creation, it is all your fault. In the end game, there is no one to blame. You have to own it. You have to edit it.

That being said, creating the book is the part most people pull their hair out at. I love that part, sometimes I can’t sleep for days. Every moment is spent thinking about the next scene and note jotting, plans of how I can slip in secret messages for the crafty reader.

The most horrid and vile part of this business is finding out you missed something. There it is, up on amazon, or where ever you publish. Your cover looks great. You have a published author who wrote your prologue as a favor. It has so much promise. It’s shining like a star on the world wide web. You decide to give it a read, and oh the horror. There on the first page, you have a lower case letter after a period. How did that little sucker get in there?

It happens to the best of us. I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read loaded with mistakes, even large publishing companies have some slip through the cracks. It is the stuff that keep us up at night. My god, we are all just a bunch of souls trying to find relevance.

So we found that mistake, what do we do with it? For an ebook writer, that’s easy. We edit the original document. What does that entail? Simple, we read that whole manuscript from the title page to the last line in the document. Biting our nails and swearing like sailors the entire time. Some of us who have a little bit more money may take this time to think about buying a new computer. If your files are safely tucked away on a usb stick, feel free to pull out your club, and or katana blade and destroy your computer. It’s always great to upgrade!

We read each line like it is the only thing in existence, researching our grammar and punctuation, just incase. Rewriting the lines we thought that were extinguished from mediocrity. Besides, we want every word to shine like a sparkling jewel, don’t we? I like to add descriptive lines I call ‘poetry’ to my action.

So we have exterminated the evil black marks in our book other people call MISTAKES, what next? Here comes the great part. Go into the settings of your bookshelf. Re upload just the manuscript over the other one. You’re done, the terrible goblins are dead, we have liftoff, you’re cooking with gas. All this awful darkness is behind you.

What have we learned? EDIT, EDIT, EDIT! Will it ever happen again? If you are a bit of a loner like I am and you don’t really have much in the ways of a good reading group, the chances point to YES. Don’t lose sleep over it. Just do what we do in life. Fix your problem and move forward.

Thank you,

Ivan Desabrais.

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