I was originally going to write a blogging tips post this morning but felt totally uninspired to do so. It’s been a rather crazy busy weekend and my mind simply wasn’t on it. So on this rainy winter day as my boys are gathered around me and the olympic bobsledding competition is on, I find my mind turning to what inspires people to write, and how one gains that inspiration.
We write what we know or we write what we can imagine. Imagine you are a literary artist who loves to talk about fire. If you are living in the middle of the city, how would you cultivate that love? Or you are a homeschool mom with a love for antiques and delving into the history of a piece…how will you cultivate the love? Or a fantasy author with a love for dragons and chivalry? How will you cultivate that love?
We need to surround ourselves with things that feed our loves. Either by filling our lives with what we love (for instance going to antique markets) or by doing research, learning all we can about what we love. When we do so, we will find that our writing will flow out more easily.
Recently my son and I read a book called “The Scream of the Hawk”. In this book one of the characters is an author who writes scary books. He hired a girl to take care of his son because he needed to do some research. He spent times in the library researching caves and learning about spelunking. Once he had that done he planned a weekend away climbing through caves. He ended up immersing himself into a world he nothing about so he could write about it realistically in his book.
If we just live our lives and don’t spend time with the things we love and want to write about, we won’t end up writing about them. We end up writing only about the things that we are immersed in. We need to surround ourselves with people, books and experiences that inspire us and connect with us. We take this, sifting through what we know, and we write. If we have nothing to inspire us… of what then would we write?
Makes sense doesn’t it?
I did up a worksheet if you want to want to work through how you can bring the things you love into your life. You can find by CLICKING HERE.
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