Recently I was asked where I find inspiration for my stories. The answer was an easy one. Everywhere. I find inspiration everywhere. I think that as long as we keep our eyes, ears and even our noses open, we can become inspired.
A silly infomercial caught my husband's attention a few nights ago. He had risen in the middle of the night to add firewood to the woodstove. While he was in the family room he clicked on the television, hoping to see the weather channel and the upcoming snowfall forecast. Instead, he got a gander at an infomercial for a ... well, let's just say it was a product of an exceedingly personal nature. He was shocked, but amused, and told me about it over breakfast the next morning. As I listened, a seed of inspiration took hold within me.
Now I have a synopsis and chapter-by-chapter outline for a new book. All from one silly infomercial. Yes, I'm easily inspired!
Yesterday I spent an hour searching for a pair of earrings I wore as a teenager. I have to find them. You see, last week I saw an old photo. The small gold peace symbols shone on my earlobes in the photo and now I've got a wisp of an idea. I'm fairly positive that by this afternoon I'll have the whole story. I can't find the earrings, but the photo was enough inspiration to begin my frantic search and make my fingers itch to write the story. See? Inspiration right at hand, without any real effort.
So what inspires you? Do you take a more steady, thoughtful approach than I do? Or are you a seat-of-the-pants, easily inspired person? Both types of personalities have their own quirks, and that intrigues me. You might even say it inspires me!
Now, if I could only find those earrings I know I'd have the whole story...
Have a great weekend!