I was reading a book about writing instead of writing recently and came across this passage, “This contact with the first–or authentic, or original–self can feel as magical as encountering a deer in a mountain clearing. ‘Could that magical creature really be me?’ we may wonder as the first shimmers of self shine through our doubts.” Julia Cameron
I wondered as I re-read this book from 1996 if J.K. Rowling might have read the same words, and simply asked, “what if?” What if she read this book when she first started writing, jotted down a note about it, and then later as she wrote her super series, came back to a fragmented thought and created the patronus (one of my favorite ideas in her books).
It’s probably a stretch to think this. I could probably find out where she got her inspiration for the patronus if I spent more time googling it, but I like to imagine it could have been something as simple as a few lines in a book on creativity that sparked this idea. I like to imagine that the reading I do, the notes I take, and the ideas I’m gathering might serve some purpose later in my writing that I just don’t understand yet.
I like to imagine that the right “what if,” question will send me on my way.
Ideas are everywhere. Even when mine seem thin, and that is most of the time, I write them down anyway.
Inspiration is a cumulative process.
So keep writing, keep reading, keep collecting.
You might have a patronus in your files and just not know it yet.
Not much of a post, but I’ve been in a slump lately, and this idea has kept me going even when I feel like I’m wasting my time.
Maybe it will do the same for you today.