I feel very lucky/blessed, because I find inspiration everywhere and anywhere: outside, inside, on the road, in the store, in the movies, in the library, in a parking lot, at gatherings, in an elevator, at a funeral or wedding, in a forest, during a meal, watching a parade, and so on. I have no control over the thoughts that pop into my mind at any given moment. They flow from me without effort; they even wake me up.

Sometimes I write them down; sometimes not, for which I pinch myself later. Man-oh-man, have I let some superb thoughts and ideas slip into the sinkhole of oblivion, hoping against hope that, if they are meant “to be,” they will re-emerge. Sometimes they do; sometimes they don’t, and the pain of their demise may not be so fleeting, especially if I mentally kick myself repeatedly. Oh, what screenplays I may have missed! Luckily, I have myriad distractions to avoid too deep a bruising. 🙂

As a writer, you should be prepared for inspiration wherever you go. Don’t count on your brain to remember fleeting thoughts. Carry a notebook or ipad, use a napkin, iphone app, or the back of a receipt, but surely you know that, don’t you? A writer writes wherever, whenever, however he/she can. No matter what!

These inspirations can result in a story, poem, or manuscript. They could become just part of a character or plot, or they could inspire you to delve into some research for an article, essay, or subplot.  Inspiration is the easy part. Working a project into fruition takes a lot of time and effort.


About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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2 Responses to Inspiration

  1. It’s easy to overlook or dismiss the importance of the most banal moment. I use my Itouch now for this purpose as it has a “notepad”. I was sitting for a while this morning and had a wacky thought and knew I’d never remember it later, so I made a note of it.

    I’m a writer by trade and one of my favorite items is a yellow legal pad on which I scribbled some ideas — that became my first published NF book in 2004. My new book, a memoir of working retail, meant taking a ton of notes without it being obvious — a fair challenge while at work and on camera all the time. I used lay-away cards, wrote dialogue and details down as soon as they happened, and tucked them into my sleeve pocket.

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