Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I is for...


Inspiration. A most important asset to a writer, inspiration, for if we are not inspired, a lull ensues which makes us very, very grumpy and leads to doing very, very bad things like eating an elephant's weight in Rocky Road ice cream or Junior Mints.


Many people and places have inspired me over the years, some good, some ... not so good. But each one means something special. Something which has led to story ideas, character personalities, settings, et cetera.  Some of these people and places continue to inspire me, and in more ways than one.


Best example? My mother. We've been through some rough waters, my mother and I, but she always taught me to stay strong, keep pace on the road which leads to my goals, and to do both with patience and wisdom. Every move she makes, every word she says inspires me.

Same goes for my grandfather. Winston Churchill. J.K. Rowling's journey to success. Author Janet Mullany. Composers Frederic Chopin, James Horner, Trevor Morris, and Martin Phipps. My oftentimes silly but otherwise amazing husband. Galway, Ireland. County Durham, England. My best friend. And the list goes on and on.


Who or what inspires you most?
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13 comments

Lynda R Young said...

hahaha yep, I can vouch for grumpiness when inspiration doesn't happen ;) I think my best inspiration happens when I daydream, and also when I just write rather than wait for it to happen.

Kyra Lennon said...

It's impossible to pinpoint one thing that inspires me, but I suppose most often, it's people. Usually strangers who pass me in the street!

Retro-Zombie said...

Inspiration is a weird thing... sometimes I am inspired by a blip on the television or a word someone says standing in the line at the gas station... the key is to always be listening with your eyes open.

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Alyssia said...

Lynda, that is a wonderful observation. Too often I get grumpy, thinking I've no inspiration whatsoever. Yet, if I just bite the bullet and sit down at my manuscript, make myself start typing, why, all sorts of stuff happens. Amazing how that works, right?

Kyra & Retro--YES! People watching and most definitely things they say. Eavesdropping is one of my most favorite pasttimes. ;)

Matthew MacNish said...

I often find inspiration in nature, when I manage to make the time to get out into it.

Hektor Karl said...

Probably great writing. Though I like Matthew's nature choice as well.

Bonnie Rae said...

My grandparents, my hubby, my best friend...and of course England and Ireland!

Lynn Proctor said...

probably my mother and father and grandmothers--

Sharon Hamilton said...

Inspiration comes from everywhere. But I love writing to music. It kindles my fantasy life second only to dreams and movies!

Elise Fallson said...

Stopping by from the A-Z! I have no idea where I get my inspiration. But if I had to guess, I think part of it comes from my childhood and upbringing. The rest I snag from the world around me. (:

Andrew Leon said...

otters!

Juli said...

As corny as it sounds, everything is a source of inspiration for me. I think if we don't look at everything as an opportunity to see something beautiful, we can get lost in all that is not.

Life is not measured by big events, but rather small moments. It's those moments that shape us, and remind us of who we are.

Charmaine Clancy said...

Very Inspiring quote :)
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