Sunday, 23 October 2016

A Note on Inspiration

I was recently asked what inspires me to write. 

It's a good question, and one that does make you think. There are all sorts of methods that people use to get inspiration, from inspiration boards to internet surfing, but when I really thought about it, I realised that I don't do any of those things...  

And I think this might be food for thought, or maybe something to remember in those dark times when you're searching for ideas but you just can't find any. Maybe you'll agree, or maybe you won't.

So here it is. 

'Everything. Everything around me inspires me to write, all the time. The places I go, the people I meet, the conversations I have with friends, family, co-workers, strangers. Everything is inspiration and can be used. A half-heard remark of a stranger on the bus, the deep russet colour of the autumn leaves, the half smile on my lovers face when he's daydreaming. The world is a huge pot of never ending inspiration, you just have to look for it.'

How would you answer that question? What inspires you to write?

Rach x


  1. I agree completely Rach. And you're right, it's a simple but actually very deep question. I incorporate the art of writing underneath the umbrella of ALL other arts. I'll try to explain why I think that's the best way to view it. All art, must be from the heart, whether it's music, painting, dance, song writing or any other creative process. I'm sure many people can relate to the idea of going to see a live band who play turgid music like some second rate duke box right? You can just tell that they aren't really into it. The same is true for all other art forms. For me at least, it's very obvious when you read a piece that hasn't been at least well researched or written by someone who is connected somehow to the subject matter. In summary - You MUST only write what you KNOW. If you're setting out to write a piece that you're not sure about - you have to do the research!! Today this is easier than ever. When I did my degree, the internet was just starting to form. All we we had was the course material, library resources and our own experience. Today, you can watch a couple of youtube videos and be fairly clued up on your subject matter within two hours without even leaving the room. Write stuff that moves you. Say the things that you feel you need to - and whatever you do - Keep it Authentic! Your readers will notice! Most importantly - be your own judge and be ready for criticism - it's a good thing. Keep it up - whoever you are :)

  2. Inspiration is a very interesting and complicated thing. If you feel that you lack energy you need to change something in your everyday life. The best idea is to go somewhere for a little journey. When we discover new countries we discover new boarders in our mind. If you don't understand foreign languages you can use online translation services .