Friday, August 24, 2012


What inspires us as writer? I have a list of songs that always seem to tug at something within - The Long Goodbye, The Highwayman, Puff the Magic Dragon, name a few, and in addition to music, there are movies (Tangled, While You Were Sleeping, Practical Magic...) and books, too.

But sometimes, it's the Ordinary Everyday that sparks something. The scent of woodstoves on a crisp, cool autumn afternoon. The way the sunlight hits the front of a house, or streams into a room. The sweet scent of spring flowers on a warm May afternoon. The task of making muffins or cookies or brownies with a child. Trimming a Christmas tree. Thanksgiving dinner roasting in the oven. Laughter. A really bad joke that nonetheless makes you laugh like a hyena.

So, here are some thoughts from other writers about inspiration, and writing in general. See what tickles your fancy.

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.
Orson Scott Card

When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Observe, don't imitate.

John M. Ford

Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.

Joseph Conrad

Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head and as you get older, you become more skillful casting them.

Gore Vidal

Last but not least...I liked Duncan Hines on FB, and boy, they sure tempt and tease with awesome pix and recipes. So does Betty Crocker. However, this one is from Duncan Hines, and it's for Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars. CLICK, but only after you get a drool cloth, because the picture of these treats will make you want to lick your monitor. These are *truly* inspirational. ;)

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