Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Thursday's Children: Inspired by Sparks

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4th of July is no Halloween but it's still one of my favorite holidays. I love my country and can't imagine wanting to live anywhere else (and I've tried.) 

But I've never been a flash-bang firework kind of gal. I don't like poppers or noise makers because I know what they do to my pets (I can only imagine what animal shelters go through during July!) and while I love the gorgeous displays put on by the cities I've lived in, I grew up at Disney, so they weren't really something I associated with Independence Day. 

For me, there's only one image that comes to mind when I think of 4th of July fireworks.

As a kid I was mesmerized. Okay, I still am. There's something magical about that pure, white spark, and the fact that you can hold it in your hand. Even before Harry Potter, it made me feel like a Wizard.

Writing is all about sparks. The spark of that new idea that gets the ball rolling on a new project. The sparks that fly when characters find attraction, or when they experience conflict. The spark of change in the way a reader thinks after experiencing your story. The spark of motivation for your characters and plot. 

"Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark, that left unattended, may grow into an inferno that destroys Panem." ~President Snow, p. 23 CATCHING FIRE

Those are the moments I love most as a writer. Not a full on explosion, just the promise of that first spark.

Happy Independence Day! Let Freedom Ring! (And spark!)

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  1. Lovely post! I like the visuals of fireworks, but could do without the noise. Heard some when I took my doggies out just now.

    1. we bought a bottle of Resolve for our carpet in preparation for tomorrow. Two 40-80 pound dogs. TERRIFIED of fireworks.

  2. Love this post! I love fireworks, I've always loved them, but I am with you on feeling bad for the animals. Our pup actually does ok with them, she doesn't get too spooked, but that doesn't mean she likes them.

  3. How true! I loved the analogy of sparklers and sparks in our writing. Great post. :)

  4. All about the spark! Great post, beautiful picture.

    "The spark of change in the way a reader thinks after experiencing your story." -love this. My favorite reviews are the ones where readers say how the story affected them personally. Nothing is more thrilling for a writer than knowing you helped alter someone else's worldview!

  5. I loved the sparklers too (although I celebrate Canada Day instead) and you are so right-- writing is all about those sparks!