Guest Post: The Bittersweet Pangs Of Inspiration By Veronica Frances, author of Tickling Daphne H. + Giveaway

Tickling Daphne H.

  • By Veronica Frances
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: September 20th 2012 by Blue Note Books
  • Genre: NA Erotica
  • Tickling Daphne H. follows the ticklish journeys of Daphne, Dave, Carol and Harold, exploring how tickling deeply affects the lives of these four people.

    The story deals with the many different faces of tickling; the addictive and torturous, the pleasurable and erotic and the humorous and romantic.
    This is the very unusual love story of Daphne and Dave, two people facing their tickle-demons together. It is primarily the journey of Daphne, a 21-year-old very ticklish woman. Daphne finds herself in a world where every important person in her life has a tickling fetish, including her boyfriend Dave. She finds herself constantly surrounded by feathers and wiggling fingers, unable to escape the taunting sounds of her own laughter. She is also unable to escape her own mixed-up feelings about tickling.
    As Daphne’s relationship with Dave grows, she must learn to face her fears and deeper feelings about tickling, for the sake of their relationship and herself.
    ~ Pump Up Your Book BT

    The Bittersweet Pangs Of Inspiration

    Veronica Frances

    Here it is again. The insomnia I get when a new story dances around inside my head, begging to come out.

    The characters talk to me, continuing to whisper like playful children while I lie awake, tossing and turning. They demand to be heard, as I struggle to close my eyes, only to find my restless eyes wide open once again, exploring every inch of the white ceiling above me.

    It is so bittersweet, the pangs of inspiration. The constant narration going on inside my head is really hard to ignore and sometimes equally as difficult to confront.The challenge of taking what is in my mind and making it a reality on the page is the same challenge that I am sure keeps many authors awake at night.

    Insomnia due to inspiration seems to give me a feeling of euphoria. Bringing what is churning deep inside me onto the page is something I live for! There is something very exciting and liberating about taking an inner vision or feeling and successfully bringing it outside myself, where it can then become a true work of art.

    For me, another bittersweet part of being a fiction writer is being happy with my real life, when I am not engrossed in my own fantasies and imagination. Life can sometimes feel like a wilted piece of lettuce, until my inspiration comes knocking. Then, I see rainbows, waterfalls and feel the vibration of life under my skin. I hear birds chirping everywhere and everything is right with the world.

    It is possible for a writer to have a love affair with his or her own inspiration. While writing my novel, I felt like I was in love. Besides developing a major crush on Dave, one of my main characters, I was in love with life, with my own inspiration and imagination. It felt like I was really alive for the first time in years and like spring was just another hundred pages away.

    Inspiration is like magic pixie dust. It comes over me like golden rain and then the creating begins. The story is revealed in reality, right there in front of me! It is magic that comes from within.

    Then comes the persistent enemy of inspiration,also keeping me awake at night.It is the black cloud of procrastination, which is the one obstacle that can really throw a monkey wrench into writing. Procrastination is the part of this love affair that is not all rainbows, waterfalls and pixie dust.

    Life would be so much easier if I could just immediately write down everything that is building up inside my head. But procrastination comes along and laughs at me. It distracts me until all I want to do is dream of my stories, rather than write them down.

    That, to me, is the biggest challenge of being a writer, trying to put down on paper the things that begin strictly in my head.

    I am sure that most writers begin with an inner stirring, an inspiration that develops first in the mind, much as a fetus develops in a mother’s womb. In order for that inspiration to come to life and be born into the actual physical world, the biggest challenge begins:the challenge of action.

    As writers,we have to actually sit down and write the book in order to release some of that bittersweet inner tension and to bring our magical thoughts to life. The thoughts and fantasies can’t just stay trapped inside of our creative minds forever! We must do the work! We must focus, but when we are blocked or hindered by procrastination, pulling these thoughts out of our heads is no different than pulling an elephant across the country with one hand.

    Yet sometimes I wonder, if holding onto these delicious pangs of inspiration is so pleasurable, that we really are in no hurry to release them from our ever spinning minds. After all, these thoughts keep us feeling alive. They are like dreams that are so easy to get lost in, but which procrastination makes so much more difficult to achieve and make a reality.

    Or does procrastination outsmart us and sense our fears? Perhaps we are afraid to fail, and even more afraid to succeed. Sometimes it is safer to just not write at all. What if we trip and fall, lose our inspiration before it ever even comes close to becoming an actual book? What if we are rejected, or thought of as quirky or strange? What if no other person understands our vision and our vulnerabilities are exposed, for the whole world to see and criticize?

    I think it is normal to be afraid of opening up and sharing what lies deep within us. The important thing is to let it out, breathe deeply and create. We need to listen to those deep, primal,bittersweet pangs of inspiration that often keep us awake at night.

    The joy of writing is bigger than procrastination. Even though it may seem insurmountable at times, procrastination is temporary. Inspiration goes on forever inside of us and can always be accessed when we are finally ready to let it all out onto the page and make our dreams a reality.

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    About the Author & Links:

    Veronica Frances is the pseudonym for a creative writer, residing in New York City. She has had a love of tickling for her entire life. She enjoys singing and writing songs. She also writes non-fiction and poetry.
    Her latest book is Tickling Daphne H.

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