When I write, I have one best friend amongst all – the dictionary. But I will be writing a specific post on the subject another time. Today, it is all about…
The writer’s epiphany
So what is an epiphany ?
1. A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.
2. A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization.
There is of course a religious connotation that states that an epiphany is “a revelatory manifestation of a divine being” and in every case, there is an ultimate sense of fulfilment. You have spent weeks, months, sometimes even years ploughing through every character development and every plot twist, hitting one brick wall after another and yet, you are still here, fighting like a Trojan. Why?
Because along with all the passion and all the drive, you have experienced epiphany and you want to experience it again.
The bad news? It doesn’t come along very often.
The good news? When it does, it is a pure moment of clarity. It gives you enough fuel and a boost of confidence that will take you places you didn’t expect to find.
When does epiphany strike?
There is no golden rule, otherwise everything would be too simple! But I find a writer’s epiphany often strikes right after a moment of despair. After you’ve developed every scenario imaginable and it still isn’t making sense, after you’ve banged your head against the wall and not a single, satisfactory idea has come out, after you’ve doubted the entirety of your work… That is when epiphany strikes. So don’t you give up, everything will fall into place.
Have you ever had an epiphany? How does it make you feel?