So I’ve got something to tell all you. I know I shouldn’t be entirely proud of it, but it’s given me an idea for some good advice to pass on.
Almost every wicked-awesome idea I think of for The Golden Lands come to me when I’m praying.
Note that I don’t say “through prayer”, as in “I pray for cool ideas and then God gives them to me”. Nope. I get distracted during prayer, and that’s when I get the ideas.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m sure that, even if I’m getting distracted at Mass (the service Catholics hold on Sunday), the inspiration may very well come from God. God is good like that. And I’m sure He wants to help me to become a better writer, and to create awesome stories. And who better to help me than the Creator of Wisdom? He’s the smartest person there is. And He’s the greatest author there is. Do you have any idea how complex and yet perfectly “plotted” the Bible is, all leading up to Jesus in the Gospels? Over the course of thousands of years? Every single prophecy fulfilled? It’s ridiculous!
I cannot lie when I say that The Golden Lands is heavily inspired by and produced for God. God finds His way into it, even when I’m not expecting it. Even when I should be paying attention at Mass, or during prayers with the family. But all goodness is from Him. So if I get a totally awesome idea for the series, I’d better believe it’s from Him.
God’s the greatest author ever. Ever think about talking to Him? Ask for His help. In my trilogy, The Saga of Montairyus (https://montairyus23.wordpress.com/), I have noticed a prominent difference in how gripping and beautiful my writing is, compared between the times I prayed before I started writing, and those times when I didn’t.
Pray before you write. You’ll be surprised at the wonders He works.