What Inspires the Writings of Dawn Collins
A few people have asked me what inspires my writing. Before I answer this question I would like to point out that the greatest creative minds are a little off balance. That is to say in order to create other worlds, you must first have lived in them. I firmly believe this and I have lived my life popping in and out of several worlds, which is why I sometimes feel like such an alien sometimes in the "real world". I hope the words I've just expressed touch the hearts of other wayward souls and the message I give to you is just keep imagining and creating and someday you'll find others who find your worlds as beautiful and interesting as you do.
And also a special thanks to my mother and father who only ever pulled my head out of the clouds in order to prevent me from running into things. I wish my dad were still here to see what happens next, for I assure you the best is yet to come.
A Natural Gift
It seems like I was born with a writing utensil in my hand. I've been writing since before I could form words. I used to fill notebooks with scribbles and then "read" them to my family. I wrote my first poems and short stories at around age seven. At around age eight, I added "playwright" to my other titles. Usually my plays were adaptations of fairy tales or other stories I had read. I would gather up my cousins and brothers and convinced them to preform my plays in our grandmother's basement. By junior high my writings became what the teacher would read out loud to the class, which might have been part of what made me a bit of an outcast. I became so self-conscious that I would refuse to stay in the room if the teacher insisted on reading something of mine out loud, and didn't really take pride in my work until eighth grade when my English teacher (who I really liked and respected) commented that she couldn't wait to read my published work one day. From then on I worked harder on the thought I put into my writing both in and outside of school.
One way I am inspired on what to write are my dreams. I have a very active subconscious and can rarely remember a night where I didn't have some sort of vision. I am rarely myself in my dreams which is great for the creation of characters, and the reason why I have often said that I don't create characters, they come to me.
I also daydream a lot and hate being tied down to any sort of activity that doesn't allow me to stop and write things down. I have worked in the fast food industry for thirteen years and while I've had some really good experiences at work, I've also lost out on some inspiration because I couldn't write down my daydream right away (I've also found that coworkers, managers, and especially customers don't like it much when you daydream while working a cash register).
I have been an aunt since I was fifteen and also worked with preschoolers and fourth graders while I was in high school. Anyone who has been around children knows that they are full of a sense of wonder that is down right contagious. I've written so many great things after having a conversation with a niece or nephew.
Creativity Runs In The Family
When I was young, my aunt and uncle would take me to see the plays my cousin acted in. I also have a few aunts, uncles and cousins who are very artistic. I have several relatives who write, including a cousin who was published at age seventeen. Being surrounded by other imaginative souls has helped me follow my own talents and dreams.
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Read my new collection of poetry and short stories now available on Kindle!
- The Rise of Dawn: A Collection of Poetry and Short Stories: Dawn Collins: Amazon.com: Kindle Store
A collection of poetry and short stories. The short stories include "The Silver Dragon" the story of a young girl from a race known as the 'buchies' and the start of an adventure with two pixies and a dragon, "Forever Eight" the story of a young boy