The best writing advice I ever got was teased out of Samuel Delany’s collection of essays, About Writing. In there, he talks about something he calls “begeisterung” —a German word that translates to something like “happy enthusiasm.” Delany uses it in a more archaic sense, to describe that feeling of inspiration an artist can have where a work is so important it’s like their whole purpose in life. Delany says this begeisterung can make all the difference in success. With it, an artist will find a way to achieve their vision no matter what it takes, overcoming any lack of skill or other obstacles. He seems to consider it necessary for any great work.
Laurel Amberdine was raised by cats in the suburbs of Chicago. She’s good at naps, begging for food, and turning ordinary objects into toys. She read a novel a day for over a decade, until she married someone who occasionally wanted to talk to her, putting an end to that streak.
She has published poetry and short fiction, but loves novels best of all. Her YA fantasy novel Luminator is forthcoming from Reuts Publishing in spring 2018.