So the ladies at LTWF asked a great question on Friday. They asked what fictional heroine is the best and why. At first thought I said that the ultimate fictional heroine is Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s ‘SONG OF THE LIONESS’ quartet because she has the courage and the drive to do something that no one else has done for over a hundred years in her world. She stands out from all the others because she’s just amazing. She makes mistakes, she has to work really hard to get what she wants and in the end she makes a place for herself in her world.
There’s never been a time that I wanted to be her, but I certainly wanted to be like her–strong willed, sure of herself, etc. Alanna is definitely my favourite heroine out of all the heroine’s that Tamora Pierce has come up with (Diane comong a VERY close second along with Aly, Alanna’s daughter) and in my opinion she is the best heroine of all. However, Lyra from THE GOLDEN COMPASS and Scarlett from GONE WITH THE WIND are two of my favourites as well (and the ladies on LTWF as well).
However now, I can’t help but think that I was wrong or at the very least that I had forgotten on of the best fictional character that I have ever come across; Anne Shirley She is Canadian in origin and are a writer/teacher boot. I remember being a child and just adoring her. Anne came into my life in Grade Six when my teacher had us watch her two mini-series back to back.
I remember sitting in those god awful plastic chairs and watching as Anne’s life unfolded before my eyes. Megan Follows made the character SO real for me, and I do believe that at one point I wanted to be Anne; a successful-ish writer/teacher with a heart of gold and the heart of a wonderful guy (Gil).
It’s amazing how much of my life has been influenced by the heroines that I love.
Today is a very exciting day! Today my guest post on LET THE WORDS FLOW is posted! And now I can post my article here;
“You can’t wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club.” That quote by Jack London was first told to me by my grade 12 ‘Writers Craft’ teacher on the very first day of school. As a class we discussed what it meant and came to the conclusion that it meant that when you’re a writer you can’t just sit around waiting for inspiration to hit you on the head like a lightning bolt. Instead you have to actively sit down to write otherwise you might never get anything written at all. It’s a sound theory that seems to work, but it’s never sat well with me.
You see I’m one of those writers that tends to wait until my muse (or inspiration) decides that it’s time to write. When I have an idea in my head and it’s just screaming to get out I will write and write until the inspiration’s all dried up. Usually that leaves me a couple pages into (or sometimes halfway through) a novel. After that, with the hard grind of novel writing ahead I really do have to go after inspiration with a club because if I don’t, I’ll abandon the project and it will never get finished. There are hundreds of partially started novels in my writing folder, most of which will never see the light of day. It is quite rare for me to be fully inspired from the beginning to the end of a story but it has happened on occasion and when it does, I’m a very happy camper.
The notion of inspiration spurring on a writing spree is something that you hear about quite often. We all know the story of how JK. Rowling came up with her story while riding the train and how Stephanie Meyer dreamed the meadow scene and built the entire Twilight world (for better or worse) around that dream. Why even LTWF’s own SJ Maas came up with the idea for Queen of Glass (soon to be published) while listening to a piece of music. Inspiration, it seems will strike anyone, anywhere, at any time.
So what is it like for you? Do you let the winds of inspiration carry you through, allowing the words to fly right off your fingertips, or do you have to barge after inspiration with a club and wrench each word onto the page? For me, I tend to write best when I’m inspired however I also find that when I have to go after it with a club the characters tend to take on a life of their own and lead me down pathways that I never imagined. But that is another topic for another time.
So yeah, as a fellow fictionpress author who has been following this site with great interest, I have put in my interest to join now that I’m seriously aiming for publication. Sadly, the site and the wonderful ladies who run it are not introducing any more contributors but they are taking guest posts and I jumped at the chance. After such a long wait, the little article on inspiration has been posted and that is brilliant. ^_^ I’m officially published now!