While individual writers have their own definition of inspiration, we think it’s fitting that one meaning of the word is the drawing in of breath. In the corporeal sense, breath means life, and without inspiration, stories have no life.
So we were drawn to an author-interview question we were asked to complete. The blogger asked, “What is the strangest source of writing inspiration you’ve ever had?”
We pondered the answer. From our own experience, as well as the tips offered by the various writerly posts, emails, and technique guides to which we subscribe, inspiration can come from almost any source. For instance, we are often inspired by nature and our interpretation of the backstory of the finned, furry, and feathered lives surrounding us. Reading, listening to songs, the observation of others – all these activities lead us to the hmmm, what if… that sparks the leap of imagination to a story idea.
But none of these sources were strange.
Doubt set in. Perhaps we weren’t real writers. Perhaps we had no inspiration and our stories lacked life. The fears lingered as we went about our day. We brushed the unicorn. We watered the lollipops. We catered the raucous elf party beneath the ‘shroom cap. Later, as the sky was falling, we counted our chickens. We found five eggs and put them all in one basket. When they hatched, one of them was a lobster. We named him Ralph.
As the sun rose on yet another night, we had to face the dragon in the room. Not only was there no source of strange writing inspiration in our lives, there was no inspiration at all to be found. That was when we decided we were in the wrong story and we had to leave, even if we were afraid to quit our daydream. After all, you find inspiration where you find it.
What about you? Leave a comment telling us where you find inspiration of the strange or not-so-strange variety.
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Florida-based mother/daughter author duo HL Carpenter writes sweet, clean fiction that is suitable for everyone in your family. The Carpenters write from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit HLCarpenter.com to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.