Hey all. This is going to be a rather short post because I’m behind on my writing schedule, but it will have media and pictures, so I hope that makes up for it. ^_^
Today I want to talk about what inspires you to write. Not what gives you ideas, but what puts you in the mood or makes you want to write. For me, there are several different things that really get my creative juices flowing.
One is music. I’m rather eclectic with my tastes and when I’m in certain moods, it is just possible that my ipod will jump from an industrial or darkwave song to something from a Disney soundtrack. But while this might be part of what I listen to while I write, not all music really inspires. And what inspires changes from time to time (even day to day). Right now the synth/violin music of Lindsey Stirling is really rocking my world. Her music includes no lyrics but her sound provokes images. There is a lot of energy in this music. (A youtube video is attached, but I’m talking about the music itself, not the video. If the below video won’t play, you can find it here)
Art is another thing that inspires me. As you can see from this image of my office wall, I like to be able to look up and see images–some whimsical such as several pieces by Sarah Clemens and others much darker, such as the pieces by Victoria Frances. Frances’s work in particular is very inspirational for me because it is very dark and moody. I want to make people feel. Emotion is the center of fiction. So images that provoke emotion, be it humor, sorrow, terror, or what-have-you, inspire me to write.
Then there are books–a great book is definitely an inspiration. Whenever I close a great book, I always find myself recharged and ready to write. As a reader, unless I’m researching, I read to be entertained, so it probably comes as no surprise then that I write to entertain. I want my readers to escape for a while and get lost in the story. When a great book does that for me, it reminds me of why I started writing in the first place and inspires me to try to evoke the same response and share that pleasure with others.
So what about you? What inspires you to write?