|“A Writer Trimming His Pen” – Jan Ekels|
First, check out the amazing guest post by my friend Daniel José Older over at the Rejectionist’s blog as he talks about how his job as an EMS medic in New York City inspires his writing. Not because of the stories he witnesses, but because of what he does and feels.
How does real life inspire your writing? What emotions do you channel into what you write? Even if you don’t write memoir I’m guessing real life manages to find a way into your writing.
For me personally, real life couldn’t seem farther away from a children’s book novel about kids who blast off into space and have crazy adventures, but I still channel my doubts and frustrations into my novels. The kids obviously don’t sit around wondering about what life is like for a children’s book author, but I try and take what I’m feeling on a daily basis and it inevitably will seep into the cracks.
By the time it’s passed through the plot of the Wonderbar novels it’s almost imperceptible, but I think those layers add to the experience of the novel, even if the reader isn’t aware of them.
What about you?