... is not as magical as you may think. Oh, it's magical (MAGIC! SPARKLES!) but not like you'd expect. It's not like every corner has inspiration hiding in it, every cathedral is dripping with plot, every midieval village has ghosts that talk to you. I mean, that's what you'd expect, right? Right?
*not quite author-friends*
Moving to Europe has been a learning experience. I haven't been flooded with inspiration, it's more like... well, it's more like I've become an expert at picking imagination's pockets.
And authors, imagination carries around WEIRD stuff in there. Like unexpected horror novels!! Or oddly perky blog posts!!!! Or letters to people that you're never going to send! Or excessive exclaimation marks!!!!!!!
Shall I explain?
France is a different world, authors. At least, a different world from America. Here's the main difference:
Americans strike when they want better working conditions and only after several failed attempts at negotiations.
The French strike whenever they feel like they want a holiday. (not exactly, but close enough)
Americans eat like it's going out of style.
The French eat like the meal is never going to end.
Americans are all about getting the job done and getting it done well.
The French are all about getting the job done at some point in the future. And if it's done well, that's cool too.
Americans live to work.
The French work to live.
Americans want the yacht, the dream, the mansion.
The French want to go out to dinner with a man/woman they love.
Americans are ambitious for their future life.
The French are willing to sacrifice that 'perfect future' for a more enjoyable now.
Americans want things as convenient as possible.
The French want things as easy as possible.
Two different worlds, right? Both have good and bad, both can learn from each other. Americans can learn to stop sacrificing their current lives for a distant retirement they may never reach, and the French could learn how to their jobs well and on time.
So how does this relate to writing?
I have such an American attitude about writing. "Gotta get it done, gotta get it done NOW. Oh, and it's gotta be perfect. That too."
France has taught me to be a little less... well, psychotic. Seriously, my new sparkly French-self tells me to chill about the story. You have time, right? And you're in France. Enjoy the food! Stop freaking out about what isn't here. The story will come, and it'll taste better if you let it stew for awhile.
Obviously, I need a balance between the two. So here's where I pick imaginations pocket: Write every day. Write as well as you can. (American) Don't necessarily work on the same old thing day after day. Enjoy yourself, and it'll show in your writing. (French)
How do you write, authors? Are you American or French? Swedish? German? British? (Ah, the dry wit!)
(p.s. Mom just gave me a piece of SUPERDARKCHOCOLATE and now I feel all yummy and warm inside!)
BY THE BY PEOPLES!
Awesome contest going over at Taherah's blog! She's giving away three copies of The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, go enter! GOGOGONOWORIT'LLBETOOLATEANDYOU'LLMISSOUTONAWESOMENESS!
Also, I think I'm being inspired by CAPTCHA. My facebook one (I was linking to the contest) was Seafarer held. Like held what? Hostage? Story idea!! :D
So, there's this seafarer named Gus, and...
wait, maybe it should be first person?
So I'm a seafarer named Gus, and...
So you're a seafarer named Gus, and....