Friday, January 30, 2015

The Source of Inspiration, or 28 Sources

One of the first questions big-time authors are often asked is, "What inspired you to write this book?" I'm always fascinated by the answers, whether it was a dream or reading another book, or staring at the night sky. Inspiration is an important component of creativity. We seek it whenever we want to begin something new, or if we feel stuck where we are. Many of us have go-to places for inspiration, like a favorite bookshelf or a Thinking Spot (Thotful Spot).

Think, Think, Think

I'm of the opinion that mixing it up is always a good thing when it comes to inspiration and creativity, so here we go: SOURCES OF INSPIRATION

  • The Zoo
  • The Park
  • The Coffee Shop (people watching)
  • A favorite book
  • A book from a different genre
  • An old favorite song
  • A folk song
  • A new favorite song
  • A biography
  • Historical fiction
  • Science magazine
  • Church
  • Hymns
  • Poetry
  • A self-help book
  • A survival how-to manual
  • Interview a child
  • Interview an adult
  • A painting 
  • A whole museum
  • A play
  • A movie
  • A TV show (e.g. Firefly or anything by Joss Whedon)
  • A daycare center
  • A school (make sure to get a visitor's pass)
  • Twitter #amwriting #scifi (etc.)
  • Meditation
  • Dream Journal

You can't properly claim writer's block until you've tried all of these things, right? Right!

Happy Weekend and Be Inspired!

(random capitalization brought to you by Katrina LantZ)

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