Today is a lazy day here. So I thought I would stay with the lazy theme and post the top ten things that inspire me to write.
We all have things or people who inspire us. Things that happen or we wish would happen. People who have amazing stories to write.
Maybe we are lucky enough to have a muse that works overtime. That inspires stories within our minds that we just need to get down for others to read. I know I have a muse that might not exactly work overtime, but puts in a good day’s worth of work everyday.
My muse does take a vacation day now and then, but for the most part is with me to work. I’m always coming across ideas or pictures that help me in my stories. Hopefully it will always be that way.
Anyway, take a look at the things that inspire me to write. Make a list of your own. Or tell me what is the #1 inspiration why you write. I’m always interested in other people.
1. People. They are such interesting creatures. I always like to watch people and make up stories about them. What’s their history? Are they happy? What will become of them? What makes them ‘tick’? What would they do in certain situations? So many questions my mind asks. I will never know the answers so I make them up. It’s fun, sometimes silly, sometimes sad, hopeful, terror filled, whatever strikes my fancy at the time. That’s what makes it so much fun, you are the boss! You can be like a giant and pluck them up and put them down in a different situation and watch what happens! More often than not I am surprised at what happens.
2. Nature. I love nature and all its beauty and wonder. I love it when it’s calm, serene, wild, or putting on an awesome show. I love the calming influence that nature has on my soul. The birds, butterflies and other critters, I love to watch them all as they go about the act of living.
3. Emotions. Everyone knows that emotions always make good fodder for stories. Love, hate, terror, scorn, jealousy and anything in-between. What story isn’t fueled by some emotion? There’s such a wide spectrum to choose from that pulling from that grab bag will never be boring.
4. Beliefs. Or non-beliefs. I think we all believe in something. It doesn’t have to be religious. It can be an ideal, or a way of doing something. It can be a belief in yourself, in someone else or in something else.
5. Motivation. What’s the motivation in writing a piece? There could be any number of them. What do you want the reader to take away from the story? That is your motivation! When I write sometimes the motivation is the key to my story. I want the reader to be surprised, or angry, or sad, or happy, or wondering. The story itself is secondary. I want to motivate you!
6. Memories. We all have them. Good or bad we have memories inside us. They might be recent or from when we were younger. Hopefully they are good ones, but sometimes they aren’t. No one has a perfect life. There are going to be bad memories as well as great ones. Either way they make good stories. We can embellish if we want to or just write them as we remember. I have found memories help me learn also from past mistakes. When I write a memory down as a story it helps me remember other things. It’s like using a muscle. Use it enough and you can become stronger, you can remember more and more things.
7. Pets. Anyone that has read my blog knows I write about my pets quite often. Especially Sam, my dog. I read lots of blogs that are just about their pets, or they use their pets as the voice of the blog. I enjoy reading those blogs. Pets are always good for a story.
8. Family. Everyone writes about family. Maybe not often but they do. It’s almost impossible to have a blog and not mention family once in a while. They are in your life as a constant, how can you NOT write about them? Some have great families, close and loving. Some, like me, not so much. But family is something you can’t get away from completely even if you try. Your memories might be full of them, your life might be full of them, your future might be full of them. A lot of times I will take certain characteristics from a family member and use it in my stories’ character. It can be deliberate, or sometimes it just seeps in unknowingly, then l I read back what I’ve written and think, “That’s just like so and so!”
9. Situations. Certain things going on in the world might make a good setting for a story. Different real world situations that inspire me to write a fictional story around. With the internet giving us instant news around the world we have infinite situations to choose from!
10. Imagination. I have to admit I have always had a very vivid imagination. Sometimes it’s so vivid I can scare myself silly. Especially at night, alone, when I hear odd noises.