Writers, what inspires you? What makes you pick up a pen or pull out a laptop? Many things inspire me. It can be the singing of the birds, the laughter or tears of a child, the rising or setting of the sun or some lyrics or special tune. Or, inspiration may come from conversations with newly acquired friends or from fond remembrances of old acquaintances.
I personally feel that writers need a muse. They need something or someone who piques their interest and heightens certain emotions. Then, ideas began to flow onto the paper or computer screen. During the overflow of ideas, many of life’s past situations come forth to aid in clearly telling the tale.
Writers may have to take a host of positive traits seen in others and bundle them to create one likeable character or use a composite of adverse attributes to develop that not-so-likeable character. Yet something has to impress the writer’s consciousness so that they will start a new project because writing itself is no easy task.
Writers can peer into a glass darkly and see the light that others simply cannot detect. They have great imaginations which often hinge on speaking to the unvoiced emotions of others. Their art awakens those identifiable feelings in its readers though they may not have been spoken. That is the link! That is the voice! Mostly, that is the hook!
I would venture to say that writers need a muse. They need some form of inspiration that sparks that flame. Then they can write something which will take others along for an unforgettable and vicarious experience.
Writers, “What inspires you?”
Lynn M. August 5, 2017