Monday, March 1, 2010

Inspiration

Last week, we talked a bit about distractions and schedules. This week, I'd love to talk about inspiration.

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.

3 comments:

J. Kaye said...

I can't say I'm as thrilled as you are about having a zillion story ideas. Ideas are something I have never been in short supply of. Where I come up short is on the follow up. I'd like to see more of the finished product, which is a finished novel. I'll be curious as to what my 2010 work will look like in December. Working on those story ideas each day this year should produce something. Right?

Corra McFeydon said...

*I have far more to write about than I have actual time to write.

Ain't that the crux of it!?

I never get inspired by a dream. I hear that all over, but when I'm dreaming I'm sleeping -- and when I wake, I just woke.

I'm more inspired by color and music. Dreams make no sense to me...

Like J, by biggest obstacle is definitely follow-up. Plenty of ideas and scarce little to show for it! This year is a step in the right direction. :)

Corra

corra's writing room

from the desk of a writer

porcelaine said...

I would hope my love for writing never wanes. But as the ladies have candidly shared, transferring those ideas into tangible realities is something different. Follow-up is less of a problem in my case. I've simply never viewed myself as a writer. I was merely someone that enjoyed writing instead. Moving beyond that limited viewpoint is something I hope to achieve during the project.

~porcelaine

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