Someone once told me that writers just don’t write, they often take dictation from a higher source (call it God or something else). I agree with this sentiment, as I too believe that we have an invisible hand guiding our writing from a far off place. Sometimes the stories our dictated to us. At other times key points are whispered into our ears so that we are able to build a story based on that.
Actually if we come down to it, where do we get our ideas and thoughts from? There has to be a larger source of ideas from where we tap our story ideas. The reservoir of ideas I believe is held by the power who controls us.
This super power gives us the patience and dedication and infuses in us the passion to pursue our dream of writing. Have you noticed how from a basic seed (germ of an idea) we are able to weave a tale of hundreds of pages?
This invisible hand not just guides our writing, but is also there to ease our burden. When we are plumbing the depths of despair, in a strange but surprising way a small good news drops into our laps. It could be a critic partner’s fabulous feedback, a blog award, news about a manuscript or a story we had sent somewhere. This invisible hand is always quick to brush away our tears.
It’s this invisible hand that sweeps away the writer’s block that crops up at frequent intervals in our lives. At those times when we are stuck, he is responsible for the AHA moments that help us in crossing the big hurdles.
Several times when I am stuck big time I have seen that invisible hand coming to my rescue in different ways. Maybe a conversation with a friend helps in untangling the plot, sometimes while watching a movie I find my story unravelling in my mind. Many times story ideas pop into my mind when I least expect it.
What about the invisible hand guiding your stories? How have you felt that divine presence? Do you think writers are taking dictation from God? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.