A couple of years ago, we drove from Colorado to North Dakota. Two days of driving. Driving in the Front Range or in the Black Hills is fun. Every twist of the road reveals fantastic vistas. However, there are long stretches of flat farmland. Occasionally, some interesting feature, like the World's Largest Cow, a lovely field of sunflowers, or a dilapidated old barn ready to collapse on itself, breaks catches your attention. Until then, you forge ahead, counting down the miles to your goal. Drive. Drive. Drive.
It's like writing a novel.
Sometimes, the words flow and reward you with an incredible scene or exciting revelation. Othe times, you slog through important but flat parts that the story needs. Then, the only thing you can do is write, write, write.
If you're lucky, however, you'll make some discoveries: that phrase that, like the World's Largest Cow, will catch your reader's attention and stay in their minds even after they're finished the book. Or the description that, like a field of sunflowers, brightens the entire scene. Or the segment that taken on its own is like the old barn and you wonder what that piece of junk can be worth, but when put in the context, gives the entire section a unique interest or even beauty.
That's why you can't just sit and wait for inspiration. It's like sitting at home wishing to arrive; you'll never get there. You have to drive.
Who knows what wonders you can discover on your trip?
BIO: Karina Fabian writes faith-filled science fiction and humorous fantasy, and teaches book promotion. Her latest endeavors include a dragon detective and an order of spacefaring nuns. Learn more about her at www.fabianspace.com