Do any characters you've written into your books remind you of yourself? Explain which ones and why.
The beach town she calls home was a sanctuary when she was growing up. Her Nana lives there, and she'd spend every summer there. All the good memories she has are near the water. She doesn't feel like she has to prove anything when she's there. She just is. It gives her strength, and it's the same for me.
I think Jayne got my stubbornness, and another character in a WIP I'm working on got my gutter mouth and sassy pants. Her name is Miranda.
Was there a teacher or mentor in your life who helped nurture your writing?
Every author has that moment when they doubt their ability to write. When that happens to you, how do you pull yourself up by the bootstraps and continue? What do you do to inspire YOURSELF?
Other times, I think about my goals. Re-prioritize. See this post I did on priorities.
I think about why I started this after all these years the most. Most of my life, I flitted around from this and that. I wasn't a finisher. In my ADD addled brain, I would just drop the mic and move along to the next thing. Mostly, out of self-doubt, or the doubt I allowed others to instill in me.
Not anymore. I have worked too many shitty jobs. I have done what was best for everyone in my life, leaving myself to the leftovers. I'm too old for that shit. This is the only chance I'm going to get and this is what makes me happy. That's the only inspiration I need. Everyone else is just waiting on my failure, and I'll let them wait. I'm waiting on the success.
So I guess, I pull myself up by the bootstraps with inner pep talks. I want to show my son, a dreamer like myself, that it's not a bad thing to dream. I don't want the naysayers to pin him in a corner like they did me. Go big and go hard and never give up. He's pretty much my biggest motivator and inspiration.
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