Author David Homick ’77 Tells Students to “Follow Your Muse”

February 10th, 2015 Posted in Cover Story

D. Homick podium with bookDavid Homick ’77 visited the Auburn Campus to speak to students on the topic of “Writing Your First Novel with Inspiration, Emotion and Intention.” Homick was the featured presenter for February in the CCC Alumni Association’s Alumni Voices program, which brings graduates to campus to share their experiences and knowledge with CCC’s students. This month’s event was co-sponsored by the Student Activities Board in their Lecture Series.

“I’m here to talk to you about how to be a writer, not how to write,” Homick told students. “You begin with the inspiration for your writing, which may be external—your past experiences—or internal,” Homick explained. “Stories are all around us! We all have an innate need to tell stories, and we do so every day.” Homick encourages students to listen to their muses for inspiration. “I don’t know what your spiritual beliefs are, but I know my personal Muses by name. When I’m stuck in my writing, I find a quiet place and ask my Muse for a ‘nugget’ of a story. After a few minutes, ideas will start to flow.”

Homick also compared the writing process to using a GPS device. “First, the GPS needs to know where you are. Second, it needs to know where you want to go; I call that your intention. In this case, your intention is to write and publish your book. Third, and most important, you put the car in gear and you start to move. Even if you move in the wrong direction sometimes, just move!” He suggested that you continually ask the simple question, “What if?” “What if this happened and then that happened? How would that add to my story?”

A-Lifetime-Last-Night-400David also spoke about his recently published book, A Lifetime Last Night. His novel is full of metaphysical wisdom and inspiration that is woven into an intriguing, contemporary, love story. One of the underlying themes of the story, as well as his life, was inspired by a favorite quote from George Eliot. “It’s never too late to be what we might have been.” Homick advises young people to, “Notice everything, never stop asking questions, and don’t be afraid to express yourself in any way that resonates with your soul.”

“Attending ACC proved to be a great stepping stone to a 4-year degree. The cost was very reasonable, all my credits transferred, and it allowed me to attend a great school while living at home and working part-time.” Shares David. A second novel, as yet untitled, is currently in the works. “It’s who I am now. I’ll never stop writing,” Homick said. He dreams of quitting his day job to pursue his writing career full time.

For more information or to purchase David Homick’s books go to www.davidhomick.com.

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