A huge source of inspiration for my novels and short stories comes from dreams. Most nights I have at least one dream that I want to remember because I think it would be grand to turn into a story of some sort. However, most of those dreams get forgotten in the wee hours of the morning when I am nursing, clothing or otherwise caring for the kidlets.
Lately I've taken to grabbing my journal immediately upon waking and writing all I can remember about a dream I may have had. Not only does this act as record keeping but it gets my creative juices flowing for the day. Plus, as an added bonus, my brain somehow expects this early morning record keeping and thus, I remember more dreams.
My poetry comes from an entirely different place however. Once I'm in the mindset to write a poem, that's how I begin to think until it is finished. Often, I set out to write a poem about one thing and walk away with a poem on an entirely different subject all together.
Finally, my last great source of inspiration comes from all around me. I probably write just as much nonfiction as I do fiction because I look for stories and article ideas everywhere. I may just be out doing grocery shopping when I'll see a jar of peanut butter and begin thinking about what the suspected leading causes of allergies are.
Once I began thinking this way, seeing stories all around me, the ideas just started flowing. I have far more to write about than I have actual time to write. My husband asked me just last week, "Don't you already have enough book ideas?"
I told him, "Love, if I'm going to be a writer, I can never turn this off. I love to write and I want to write until I no longer can. Whether I get published or don't, I have to keep thinking of new story ideas."
I hope you all feel the same way.