Someone recently asked me this – what inspires me to write? At first I thought it might be easier to answer, “What doesn’t inspire me to write?” But then I realized the answer to that is nothing. There’s nothing that doesn’t inspire me. I get my inspiration from anywhere at any time.
I’d love to hear from other authors here, to find out what inspires them, but for me, life inspires me. I’m one of those people that watches everyone around me. When I see strangers, I automatically create a backstory for them. Sometimes, I’ll hear a word or a phrase and decide I have to use it in a story, so I’ll write one. That happened in a story I had published years ago, “Interfacing.” Someone told me they’d just read the word “telephonically.” Instead of “I’ll call you,” they said “I’ll contact you telephonically.” Seriously? That word just had to be used in a story. So I wrote Interfacing and it was published in an anthology.
Weather inspires me – if it’s cold and cloudy, I just want to stay inside and write. If it’s sunny and warm, the world is a beautiful place and I’m filled with the energy to write.
Short stories are easy because the call for submission usually has a theme. And those totally inspire me. If it’s a theme I can get into – say… erotic… or women.. or, well, you get the idea LOL, I’m off and running.
The truth is, I wake up in the morning and the first thing I think about is where I left my characters the night before. Then there’s that drag of 9-5 when I have to waste my time working the day job. Then there’s the couple of hours in the evening that I spend on my night job. And then – FINALLY- it’s time to write. But honestly – during the day job, I research things and make notes, and jot down ideas, because the story is with me all the time.
I don’t know if this answered the question. If not, let me know and I’ll try to be more specific, but the truth is – life is the start of my inspiration, but it’s really the support and encouragement of readers that truly keeps me going.
Thoughts? Questions? Feedback always appreciated!