“Where do you get your inspiration?”
It’s a question that triggers sarcastic responses from many a writer.
Well, dear. I walk down the garden, dip in the well, fish out the odd newt and what’s left, I throw at the computer.
But it’s a valid question. Where do ideas come from? And is there a secret to generating them?
I think there is.
I think ideas come from engagement with life. I’m a cowardly introvert, so when I talk about engaging with life I’m not advocating loud parties, bungee jumping and introducing yourself to ten strangers a day. I’m talking about making a mental shift from “observer” status to “interrogator”.
Liberate your inner toddler and ask “Why?”
“Why is that woman smiling although her shoe is caught in a stormwater grate?”
“Why do ants wave their antennas?”
“Why is this painting blue with pink polka dots? Why dots?”
Forget the old aphorism, “curiosity killed the cat”. Curiosity is vital to inspiration. Cultivate it, then let it loose on a range of inputs.
Because this is the bottomline: You have to feed your imagination.
Books, paintings, music, people, blogs, movies, changes of scene, food, moods, new skills.
Of course, your enemy here is time and all the demands competing to eat yours up. I cheat and use the internet to broaden my mental horizons with quick, shallow brushstrokes. When something interests me, then I delve deeper.
Inspiration doesn’t require you to be an expert, but it does require curiosity.
If you’re curious, I recommend:
|It's just a matter of practice. To quote the Red Queen:|
Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
I also have a copy of my latest paranormal romance novella, Angel Thief, to give away. If you’d like an angel and sexy djinni in your life, leave a comment and I’ll draw a random winner in a week’s time.
So, where do you get your inspiration?