Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created over on my book blog Bookish Ardour, for any type of writer to participate in. Every Wednesday a new question for writers to answer on their own blogs or to answer in the comments will be posted. You can be aspiring, you can be published, or just write as a hobby.
This Week’s Question: Inspiration – is there something special that gives you inspiration? Do you look in particular places? Or is it all around you? Where do you find your inspiration?
The inspiration question always stops me short, even though I find it hard to answer questions about writing when put on the spot, I find the inspiration question the worst out of all of them. I marvel if anyone can find inspiration in the one thing or have a particular place for it. To me ideas and inspiration comes from everything and at the same time it doesn’t.
I recently read a post about Robert Heinlein and how he would reply to fan mail, and one of the answers he has come up is a great one for the inspiration question – ‘Story ideas come from everywhere and anything & writers are self taught.’ This pretty much sums it up. It’s simple, gets the question out of the way so you can get onto other discussion, and I think the inclusion of writers being self taught is a great one. Now if my memory could just be that much better so I could quote it…
To give more of an idea of how widespread inspiration can be here’s a few places I can find it in the space of a day;
Television, movies, games, books, art, phone calls, jokes, songs, plush toys, toys in general, conversations, notes from other people, words, origins of words, trees, figurines, shoes, clothing, outings, geography, calculations, jewellery, food, utensils and cutlery, showers, bills, the ukulele in the corner, photography, my camera itself, money, the fake skeletons I have lying around my place, hats…
Even those ordinary every day objects like hats and cutlery can inspire something dark, meaningful, and complicated. Nothing is too small or plain to inspire someone, it really is everything and anywhere that holds inspiration.