Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group again. In my last post, I was writing about my disappointment in not being ready to do NanoWriMo this year. Over the last few weeks, I have casting my mind back to 2015, when I did take part in Nano, how much I enjoyed it, how absorbed I was in the novel I was writing and how confident I was about the result. This novel was going to be the best thing ever… well, one or two things needed sorting but… still. As regular followers of this blog will know (because I have moaned about this incessantly), those ‘one or two things’ have taken me three years to sort out (along with work, family and other commitments) and, now, as I’m about to send The Novel to beta readers, I’m a thousand times less confident than in 2015.
This month, we’re asked if our creativity in life has evolved. Like most writers, I was ‘writing’ in my head since childhood. In the very early days, my inspiration came from books, then – with precocity which stuns me – as I moved into teenage years, I made a decision to stop reading so much and find my inspiration from real life. I have done this ever since. What seems to set off my imagination are dramas in my everyday life and in current affairs.
It’s no accident that The Novel is about the Polish trade union Solidarity and events in Poland in the 1980s. At the time they were ‘current affairs’ that I read about in the newspaper and felt very inspired by. The issue which inflames me at the moment (although too serious and too disgusting for writing material) concerns Asia Bibi, the Christian mother in Pakistan, accused of blasphemy and acquitted by the court but still in prison and not allowed to leave the country. Various organisations are on the case and asking for your support – please read this petition and consider signing it.