Writing Revelations

If you’re an author, you probably know what I’m talking about. Those moments when you’re just sitting there, not really doing anything, and then… WHAM. An idea hits you like a sack of bricks. And then, suddenly, that plot hole you’ve been worrying over for months has somehow fixed itself in one instant of creative genius. It’s a revelation. A magical experience where you want to call everyone you’ve ever known and tell them all about this fantastic idea you had, even if they don’t know that you’re writing a novel, much less what said novel is about.

This happened to me the other day, and, honestly, I’m still not over it. I was just hanging out, watching a YouTube video, and the people in it just happened to mention a historical figure who is… Well, he’s not in my novel exactly, but his story is something that drives the plot of my novel forward. Anyway, they were doing trivia on this video, and the person asking the questions asked one about this historical figure. And the answer was something I’d never known before. It basically slapped me across the face. The funny thing is, the plot point that this bit of trivia helped me with wasn’t even something that I knew I had to figure out. It hadn’t been bothering me for months. But the second I had this new knowledge, I was like… “Duh. Of course. It’s so obvious that this was the missing piece I needed to tie everything together!”

The best thing about writing revelations is that, at least in my case, it gets you in the mood to write. If you’ve been having writer’s block, it’s gone now. If you just feel drained from all of the writing you’re doing for classes, your energy is suddenly restored. All you want to do is sit down and write… and write and write and write. I’m not even joking when I say that I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo strictly because I feel so inspired by my latest writing revelation.

Have you guys ever had a revelation like this? What about? Did it inspire you to write like it did for me? Let me know in the comments!

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