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The Inspirations of Fellow Writers.

Updated on April 7, 2018


I posted the picture above of an old clock movement because it represents the process of writing to me. The pendulum is the inspiration. We go back and forth in our minds to gather the experiences and knowledge that create a spark of an idea. The idea drives the gears of the actual work and the hands move slowly as the chapters chime.

Some of the stories I had previously posted here on HubPages, I've turned into books. My first was,"Grave Robbers 2155." It is a futuristic Steam Punk novel about three young men who find themselves in a revolution where the earth is divided by a dangerous ring of debris.

One of my favorites is, "Bridge Over Tears." I used bits and pieces of my youth experiences and wove them in a novel about the murders of two California runaway girls and a small Indiana town filled with corruption.

My stories move fast and my books range from 30 to just over a hundred pages. I write many different genres because I simply run with the idea that pops in my mind at the time. I have stories of erotic romance, horror, comedy,crime,fantasy,strange, etc.

I wish I could focus on one genre but it just doesn't work for me. I never force myself to write because then it becomes too much like work. I love writing when I feel like writing.

The Hubbing Factor.

I posted the picture above because it represents something I learned from reading arguments about religion and politics here. I saw everything from ruthless spitting of insults to tender grace of understanding.

Many of the writers on HubPages have inspired me and influenced my works. There are far too many to name. From the worst to the best of comments, I learned something to benefit my craft. I come back at times to read comments of old friends and adversaries for inspiration.

I feel I need to mention Cris Advincula, Charlie Campbell and Earnest Langmaid, three wonderful people who have passed on. They inspired me in different ways and always with respect. Cris, Charlie and Earnest were among the first to follow me and often commented on my stories. I deeply appreciate all who did.

Writing on HubPages helped me in so many ways. This is the perfect place for writers who love to write. I've seen amazing talents here. From Hubs about life to How to Hubs, I've found excellent skills within their works.

I'll take this opportunity now to say, Thank You, to the writers and staff of Hubpages.

Cheap High

Can I borrow your brain?

Cris Advincula once asked me, "Can I borrow your brain?" I answered, "Sure, I'm not using it."

I was a teenager in the 1970s and I consumed my share of Boone's Farm wine. It is definitely not a sipping beverage. You have to drink it fast and there is sure to be a smile at the bottom of the bottle.

My writing is much like Boone's Farm wine. Some will drink and smile while others will spit it out and scream, "That is awful!" I simply don't write to appeal to anyone. I write to please myself and whoever might make a connection through relative experience or imagination.

I've had a few really vicious comments from readers on a British site I write on. One said, "You should stop writing. You are pathetic. You are not a writer." Another comment on the same story stated, "I love this story, it tickles my nose when I read it."

I never take to heart the harsh and vulgar comments left on my works. I've always been fine with people not liking what I write. There are many flavors of ice cream and creativity. We lick what we like. If I find myself not liking something I'm reading, I stop reading it. Even if I don't like the ending, I obviously enjoyed it until that point.

By Cris Advincula


I believe an absolute rule of writing is, "Nobody does it alone."

Many people have inspired me along the way. Many have helped me hone my craft and develop skills that I needed to finally publish my works.

When I first sighed in to Create Space, my thought was, "You are really going to screw this up!" I was guided by fairly easy directions and from past experience, I managed to publish my first book on Amazon and Kindle. It wasn't perfect but I did it.

Whether it's novels, short stories, poetry, songs, etc., I believe writing lifts our spirits to the countless realms of imagination. For me, writing is a kind of peace I find in simply creating characters, situations and places.

I hope this Hub inspires writers to self publish their stories. It's is a good feeling to hold your book in your hands. Keep writing. :o)

Photo enhanced by Cris Advincula

© 2013 Tom Cornett


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    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      3 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you Li-Jen. Writing different genres, I think is the fun of writing. I am always thankful for readers and other writers, both who inspire me. :)

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      3 years ago

      Dear Tom. Thanks for sharing. It's good that you're able to write different genres and write for your own pleasure. Happy writing! :)

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you Jodah. You'll do good here or anywhere you choose to write. Branch out and make trees. Then a forest. :o)

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      John Hansen 

      7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Tom, you are a very talented writer and congratulations on getting books published on Amazon and Kindle. I'm sure I will learn a lot from reading your hubs. I've mainly concentrated on poetry but have written a couple of short stories in the past so maybe i'll try to branch out again.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Kawika....Thank you. A few of the old friends are still here. New friends are always a wonderful welcome. Let me know when you get your book on Kindle. :o)

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you Teresa.....I will, "Keep on writing." I think it has become part of my nature to write. If my fingers could keep up with my mind, I'd write a book a week. :o)

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      Kawika Chann 

      7 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      My hero... it's my aim to join ranks with you with kindle books... too bad the old friends aren't around but hey... new friends count right? Upvoted/interesting/following. Peace. Kawi.

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      Teresa Schultz 

      7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Congratulations on writing books and getting them published through Amazon and Kindle. I'm not certain I've read any of your hubs before, but your views on writing are interesting, and I'm pleased to hear that you don't let anybody's "off" comments bother you. I don't think I need to say "keep on writing" as an ender to my comment, because I think that's what you'll certainly be doing, until the last moment that you can. Voting your hub up and interesting.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Yip....Killing with gardening tools because rabbits ate his flowers. :o)

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      Tammy Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Gardening serial killer??? I like it! :D

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks FP.....That might make a great book title......"Bunnie, Flowers and Bones." Maybe a gardening serial killer? :o)

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      Feline Prophet 

      7 years ago

      Write on, Tom! I'm sure you could do a good job with bunnies and flowers too if you tried! :)

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Awww......thank you sweetie and yes we would have had a crazy party.

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      Tammy Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      I'm so proud of what you've one knows as well as I do about all of the hours that you have put into your writing--and now, publishing.

      I wish that all of your old friends on HP were still here--we coulda had a real "hub party" going by now, lol.

      Again...I'm very proud of you... :)

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Tom....glad to see you still here. I've always enjoyed your writing too. :o)

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      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Glad to hear your writing and everything else is going well for you. I always found your writing very readable and entertaining.

    • Tom Cornett profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Jaye, I have been away a while. I can't do formulas either. I often come back to HubPages to see what everyone is doing. I hope to write more Hubs soon about self publishing. I'm still learning daily and stumbling over mistakes.

      Thanks again. :o)

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      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Tom...Good to see you here again. Congratulations for your writing/publishing success. I agree with you that it isn't necessary for everyone to like a writer's work. There are different flavors (genres, writing styles, etc.) for different palates.

      When I write non-fiction articles, I write for a target group. I write short fiction to please myself, though I'm glad when others enjoy reading it. I tried writing a couple of short stories using the formula required by a specific market, but that took the joy out of writing for me.




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