Writer’s Magic and Inspiration by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Michele Barrow-Belisle has become one of the most sought after authors, her radiant beauty shines through her writings and exploits the allure of her inner nature. Today The Write Styles is truly honored to share A Writer’s Magic and Inspiration By Michele Barrow-Belisle with you.

A Writer’s Magic and Inspiration By Michele Barrow-Belisle

A blogger once described my writing journey so far as a Cinderella Story. He went on to explain how I’d landed an agent and a publishing deal, and that my debut novel had hit the bestseller list, sold audio and foreign language rights, and been optioned for a major motion picture. I remember pausing to reflect on his analogy for a moment, at first wondering if the “magic” of Cinderella took into account the blood, sweat and tears that went into getting my first book published. Then I smiled when I realized that, yes, it really did.

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Writer’s Magic and Inspiration by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Two years ago I published my first novel Fire And Ice, (Faerie Song Trilogy 1) a young adult fantasy romance. My dream was to write a bestselling novel, to sign with an amazing NY agent, to sell my manuscript to a big publishing house and see it made into a movie. From the moment the wish left my lips, so many people stunned me by telling me how me it couldn’t be done.

At first I encountered an endless string of people who assured me that getting a publishing deal was hard, and selling auxiliary rights…well things like that rarely ever happened to a first time writer. And if they did, well, it was like being struck by lightning. Hmmm…electrifying and deadly? Still I pursued, with stubborn tenacity.

I’ve always believed the saying if you can dream it, you can achieve it

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A Writer’s Magic and Inspiration By Michele Barrow-Belisle

Circumstances forced me to expand my belief in what was possible to achieve. As a result, I set my sights on bigger goals. I admit to being somewhat Pollyanna in my world views, but I chose not to let any of those statistics deter me from my intentions. That was when I met more and more uplifting, fulfilled and successful writers who were making a great living doing what they loved, and who offered encouragement, positive feedback and support. That was of great benefit on the darker days when it felt like nothing was ever going to happen and that the naysayers might have been on to something.

But being in the company of authors who are already playing a bigger game is inspiring. I’ve always believed the saying if you can dream it, you can achieve it— and the world is full of people who are making a fabulous living doing what they love to do.

I learned something about myself along the way. I’m tougher than I realized, because I had to be.

They didn’t buy in to the starving artist mentality, they didn’t moan about how hard it was to succeed and they were not focused on the reasons why things wouldn’t work. I learned something about myself along the way. I’m tougher than I realized, because I had to be. I discovered I’m a savvy business woman. Realistic, tenacious and pragmatic.

Yet interwoven with all that is the Cinderella “magic” that comes when I sit my laptop on my knees and my fingers touch the keys. It’s as if I’m whisked away to another world, a world populated with thrilling and fascinating characters all of whom I can’t wait to get to know better. Once I’m swept up in the energy of that, what comes can only be described a magical, in spite of the hours of work it takes.

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Writer’s Magic and Inspiration by Michele Barrow-Belisle

I’m often asked where it all began. As a child I had imaginary friends. People I’d create stories for, describing in detail, mostly to myself, every nuance of their lives and habits. Combined that with my love of reading, I spend an exorbitant amount of time in imaginary places. I’ve always had a love affair with stories and make-believe.

Dreaming up scenarios for the people in my head comes naturally to me, so becoming a writer gave me a legitimate outlet for my overactive imagination. I used to write plays for my friends to star in, when I was a kid. I’ve written in a journal or a diary since childhood too, and the ideas for stories, characters and plots dance in my head constantly. I’ve written in some form for as long as I can remember. I took a break from it after university, but coming back to it again has been like finding a piece of my soul. And now I’m just thoroughly and utterly addicted.

You can’t help but be inspired on some level by the life you’ve lived.

Real-life elements are peppered throughout my stories, because everything we’ve lived and experienced, and every person we’ve encountered becomes a part of us in some way. So I think it happens organically when I’m writing, even if not intentionally.

You can’t help but be inspired on some level by the life you’ve lived. And while I’ve been known to warn family and friends that if they cross me I’ll make them the villain in my next book and kill them off—I haven’t actually done it—yet. 😉

 

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Writer’s Magic and Inspiration by Michele Barrow-Belisle

I wish I could spend much time reading as I used to. Reading is the catalyst to better writing, I truly believe that. Many of the books I enjoyed as a child, such as Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, I still enjoy today. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series… loved it. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga… enjoyed that too. I might add I adored the movies made from those series as well. Anne Rice’s books, Fallen – Lauren Kate, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, everything by Kelley Armstrong. That’s the tip of the fiction iceberg.

…but I still hadn’t given myself the label of “writer”.

I also love reading metaphysical non-fiction books that question the nature of reality. So many books, so little time…if only there were more hours in a day. But at some point I have to make some time to actually write!

I think it’s important to know why one does something. Why it brings the joy it does. I’d self-published four books on my own and published two books with different publishing houses, but I still hadn’t given myself the label of “writer”. In the back of my mind I had some lofty expectation that when I officially became a writer, I’d know… like the skies would open up and pour out rainbows and fireworks and stuff.

Real-life elements are peppered throughout my stories, because everything we’ve lived and experienced, and every person we’ve encountered becomes a part of us in some way.

Needless to say that didn’t happen. And it wasn’t until someone very casually and matter-of-factly said to me, “oh, so you’re a writer” that I gave it some thought and realized yes, I guess I really am.

Writer’s Magic and Inspiration The Write StylesFor me the business side of it, while exciting and exhilarating and occasionally frustrating, doesn’t hold a candle to the personal fulfillment and satisfaction and joy I get from actually writing. Published or not, it’s a part of my world and something I’ll be doing for many years to come. Not even so much by choice, but rather by an uncontrollable impulse that’s there just below the surface begging to be released. I cannot not write.

It’s addictive, I’m hooked and I like that way. When you find something that feeds your soul it’s easy to maintain and make it a part of your daily life. Inspiration can be drawn from absolutely everywhere, there is an endless supply. 

Writer’s Magic and Inspiration by Michele Barrow-Belisle

My advice to those who have a burning desire to write?

Once you’ve decided it’s want you want, START WRITING…and never let anyone or anything derail you from your dream. It was a dream of mine to see my debut novel Fire & Ice on the big screen, a feat so many told me was virtually impossible. Well, fast forward a few years and here we are, with the option to the trilogy sold to a production company and a major motion picture in development. If that’s not proof enough to go after your dreams no matter what, then I don’t know what is. There’s really nothing you can’t achieve with a little persistence and a lot of faith. Hone your craft, write what you love and don’t stop believing, cliché as it sounds, it’s true. Once I made the decision to start writing, magic truly followed.

I’d love for your readers to recognize there is power within them that may be lying dormant.

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I’d love for your readers to recognize there is power within them that may be lying dormant. To know that more of their lives, and their choices, and their destiny, are under their control than they realize. The main character in my book Fire And Ice, discovers this by uncovering hidden magical abilities, but I believe we all have inner magic to a certain extent. And that it’s our choices, more so than a preconceived destiny, that shapes our future.

Thanks so much for having me!

Fortune favors the bold. I wish everyone audacious dreams and magnificent success!

Michele Barrow-Belisle

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I am confident that you have enjoyed reading Michele Barrow-Belisle’s insight as much as I’ve enjoyed being in contact with her and being inspired by her,  and I’m sure you cannot wait to get started with your next project!

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Keep Writing and as always, Blessed Be,

Sancheo

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