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The inspiration is not of this world.
Only the Universe knows its origin.
Only the author knows its purpose.

How does inspiration behave? Knowing this will help you recognize inspiration and kick off the series of events that will lead you to write a novel, but only if...


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...only if you can catch it!

I realized that recognizing inspiration is an exercise that needs training. But it's understanding its purpose that really tests you.

What is inspiration?

I already hear many of you shouting: "Easy, it's an idea, indeed ... the Idea, the one with a capital I!"
Initially, I also believed it was an idea, but then I realized that inspiration lacks a requirement that the idea has: stability.

The idea is already concrete when you define it as such, then if it will be feasible, well ... it depends on the practical use you will make of that idea. What matters is that the idea takes root in your head

Inspiration does not behave like this, on the contrary: those who have experience with it know that, in the storm of thoughts that overwhelms us every day, there is nothing more aleatory and ephemeral. Therefore, inspiration is not an idea. Not yet.

So, what it is?
A crazy devilry!

And I assure you, it really is, even if it is not the definition I want to give it, above all because it does not solve the question. Be patient, I'm getting there.

The inspiration is vague and lightning-fast, it is such a momentary presence that sometimes you catch it with the tail of your mind without even understanding its meaning.

Like an ectoplasm, inspiration wanders dressed in an elusive evanescence,

yet it is there, in your head, even if only for a moment. This is what inspiration is: a ghost. It is a soul who seeks an idea where to materialize.

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And like all ghosts and and souls not yet born that roam between worlds, inspiration does not wants to go unnoticed, even if it likes to be elusive.
It appears in your mind as a flash, you perceive it as a disturbance, something different, then its fluorescent shadow fades and gets lost among a thousand thoughts.

It is autonomous, it is so elusive and unstable because there is no control over inspiration: it does not depend on the author, it does not belong to the writer's reality.

The inspiration is not of this world.
Only the Universe knows its origin.
Only the author knows its purpose

As you try to interpret this disturbance you will also need to evaluate its potential, and understand if it can have a specific purpose. When you recognize its purpose, then it will be yours. But before turning inspiration into a solid and stable idea, there is a lot of road ahead.

At this point you may be wondering:

how do I give it a purpose?

 The answer to this question is at the basis of the birth of a novel, it will be much more than a note on writing.


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