You may remember from last week that I shared a story I began developing years ago from a dream I’d had about a girl finding a ghost in a house. I decided that this week I would share with you my thoughts about that story and how it’s made me revisit some of my old work from years ago.
I was really inspired by so many comments on last week’s Thursday’s Children blog entry which were saying I should write the story – they’d love to read it. This galvanised me to hunt through the house for my original manuscript. Technically this consists of an old school exercise book and another larger notebook. I began reading what I’d started to write nearly twenty years ago as a 13 year old (I know how long ago it was because I’d dated it and yes I am that old!!). I haven’t finished reading it yet because there’s quite a lot of it. But I have to say I really enjoyed what I read. Of course some passages are a little bit teenage-girly but there are some great descriptions of my character’s feelings and of the house as well as her meeting the ghost.
She’s a girl at secondary school (I think I made her about 14/15 so for those of you who don’t know the British education system I’m guessing high school) and she’s fallen out with her boyfriend. She goes off on her bike and finds this amazing house in the woods and eventually a ghost inside, a young man. I’d been working on it for a number of years. The most recent time was about 10 years ago, which I haven’t got to reading again yet but I’m keen to see how I continue the story on. Though I have to say I never finished writing it, having read all those lovely comments makes me feel I should seriously consider revisiting it.
So how does all this relate to being inspired to write? Well for one thing it’s encouraging to me as I look back over my old work, and not just this, to remind myself of my writing style and how it’s developed over the years. It’s encouraged me, making me feel that yes I can write, I do have a talent and I should feel confident in myself that I can write a good story. Something I’ve noticed about my writing style from a while ago is that I wrote descriptive passages a lot more confidently when I was a teenager compared with nowadays, when I feel that dialogue flows from my mind onto the page (or more like computer screen!!) more easily than description. I’m hoping that rereading my old work – this story and others – will help me to revitalise my writing style a little and give me the confidence to experiment a bit with the way in which I tell a story.
It’s a funny thing in a way to say that in a sense the younger me is inspiring the older me, but it’s true!
What or who are your inspirations for writing?