The Gid•dy Fac•tor: (thuh gid ee fak tur) n. 1. The urge to giggle and weep at the same moment. 2. The bubble of thrill that hovers between the throat and chest. 3. The sensory response to creative expression. 4. The knowing that this is right. 5. The map by which to navigate the journey of life.
When I question my abilities as a writer, I simply return to the basics. A designated symbol, which for me is a turtle like those I see every summer in Hawai'i, reminds me that I am connected to a higher power, a source of guidance that I have an inherent ability to tap into. I call this my inner navigator. The Hawai'ian turtles gently glide through the surf, making the way to their destination in a slow, methodical fashion. Once reminded of the importance of staying in "the flow," I return to the best tool I have. The Giddy Factor.
My own personal drive to write fiction is based on the ongoing need to have characters that I've invested in continue to stay in motion as well. This can be accomplished by rewriting, or retelling, or developing another story. As long as I feel that bubble of giddiness, I know I'm on the right track.
The bottom line? Write what you know, write what you feel, write what you wish for, write the impossible as possible, and most importantly, write without hesitation. Do this for yourself first, and the world around you will benefit.
*Originally posted on The Daily Orgasm 03/04/09