What emotions or ideas are the best fuel in terms of inspiring you to write?

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  1. Earl S. Wynn profile image81
    Earl S. Wynnposted 11 years ago

    What emotions or ideas are the best fuel in terms of inspiring you to write?

  2. Fullerman5000 profile image58
    Fullerman5000posted 11 years ago

    music is one of my favorite things to write about. life expierences, bad and good are great fuels for me.

  3. tlmcgaa70 profile image61
    tlmcgaa70posted 11 years ago

    intriguing question. i suppose i am an idealist, in that i am a firm believer in things like integrity, honesty, loyalty, friendship...you get the idea. when i read things like the lord of the rings, i am inspired to write something because it sparks those emotions and feelings and ideals in me...it is hard to explain but i get filled up almost to bursting and need an outlet to express myself. unfortunately, for someone who writes i often find myself unable to express myself or perhaps to pin down exactly what it is i need to express. certain music has the same effect on me. seeing something profound happen in real life also does it.

    thank you for a great question that i enjoyed answering.

  4. ytsenoh profile image79
    ytsenohposted 11 years ago

    I'm generally inspired all the time except when I'm in an emotional valley.  I think the time I have to not write is my fuel--I want to write even more when I'm at work, but I can't, so I'm driven to write even more by the time I reach home, which is also the time I can call my own.

  5. duffsmom profile image59
    duffsmomposted 11 years ago

    I tend to write more easily if I am experiencing depression.  If I am not than I want to be out, doing things with my family and not at the computer.

  6. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
    Phyllis Doyleposted 11 years ago

    Many things inspire me to write. Nature, storms (especially thunder storms), watching hawks, eagles, sunset, sunrise, waves on the ocean, serene waters on a lake, bubbling brooks....

    As for emotions, well...when I am hurting emotionally, that is when I do some of my best deeply spiritual writing. Emotions are key to what I write. If I feel deep emotions I write deeply and emotionally.

  7. wonderful1 profile image80
    wonderful1posted 11 years ago

    Heartbreak seems to have fueled the most writing out of me. Both publicly, and in my journal. When you're happy, you're usually too busy doing fun things to want to sit and write.

  8. THEHuG5 profile image59
    THEHuG5posted 11 years ago

    Anger, infatuation, sadness, and extreme embarrassment lol. When I'm feeling any of those emotions (especially anger) I can write for hours.

  9. capricornrising profile image60
    capricornrisingposted 11 years ago

    When I was a teenager, my most prolific musically creative period, everything I wrote was about unrequited love (plus all the songs sounded alike for some reason).

    Right after grad school, I was also in a very uncertain period, experiencing a lot of emotional turmoil and insecurity, and this appeared to have produced some of my best writing. However, I also found inspiration in unusual things that occurred in my routine. Focusing on a single moment or specific, narrow thought or topic usually makes an article or journal entry particularly engaging for me to write, more so than  something very broad.

  10. randomcreative profile image90
    randomcreativeposted 11 years ago

    I started writing on HubPages primarily because I wanted to share my teaching resources with others.  While these hubs have done all right, I have had a lot of successful and fun with writing about crafting and Etsy.  The success has continued to fuel the topic.

  11. rajan jolly profile image93
    rajan jollyposted 11 years ago

    It is said tragedy or personal distress brings out the best in a man. Though I am not a writer as such, I found myself to be more poetically inclined and philosophical at those times.

  12. Born2care2001 profile image73
    Born2care2001posted 11 years ago

    Gratefulness inspires me more often than any other emotion. Each day that I experience gratitude I find myself desperate to share the overflowing feeling of joy!

  13. PAPA-BEAR profile image61
    PAPA-BEARposted 11 years ago

    I notice people, I love to be at a station early before I travel. I grab a coffee and watch the people. In all those people there is a story, a character, a time when. I also have notepads that I constantly drop thoughts into. Even recalling dreams, writing them down, one of my books was a series of out of joint dreams, they come and went over a two year period. In the end it was like a jigsaw of remembered/on note pads events, names, etc. Its all in your head, just needs prompts.

  14. creativebutterfly profile image60
    creativebutterflyposted 11 years ago

    Determination, anger, sadness, happiness, empathy if I decide to write just for writing sake it does not work I have to have some passion about something I want to share.

  15. Dave Mathews profile image59
    Dave Mathewsposted 11 years ago

    My writing inspiration is Almighty God Himself desiring to have His thoughts and ideas and words brought to life.

  16. algarveview profile image77
    algarveviewposted 11 years ago

    For me it was all about emotions and strangely enough sadness and all that is dark ang gloomy seemed to do the trick. Because from some years to this part I've actually been feeling quite happy my writting went down, so what I decide to do was to fuel myself with other powerful feelings, like love. Also getting in the mood with the right tune helps a lot. I've also started writting from my head, instead of from my heart.

  17. Christopher Fair profile image59
    Christopher Fairposted 11 years ago

    For myself, the emotion of love inspires me the most in terms of creating something poetic, and I find that it can be a powerful tool when used properly. Another thing that helps me is some kind of inquiry or injustice in the world that makes me wonder, and search for an answer.  In that journey of discovery I find other ideas come to mind more freely.

  18. profile image0
    Phoebe Pikeposted 11 years ago

    I am inspired by people. Whether they are ones I truly love or ones that bring only anger, they all inspire me. So I think the whole span of emotions inspire me to write what I write.

  19. LoriSoard profile image65
    LoriSoardposted 11 years ago

    Usually it is the looming deadline that inspires me to finally sit my behind in the chair and get an article finished. With books, it is different. I am inspired by the people around me, conversations, things I hear and see on television that spark a new idea.

  20. NiaLee profile image61
    NiaLeeposted 11 years ago

    joy, pain, sorrow, memories, hopes, compassion... but I notice faith and pain are very motivating for so many!

  21. georgetyler profile image60
    georgetylerposted 11 years ago

    Any emotions which cause me to act differently will then usually lead to thought on my actions which can further lead to ideas and inspiration perfect for writing or sharing in any other manner.

  22. ks233508 profile image59
    ks233508posted 11 years ago

    I write about revelations I have. I tend to think creatively about almost everything in general...I'm not positive my left brain ever fully developed. My most recent revelation was triggered by a comment i heard in passing from a DJ on the radio. It caused me to start thinking, and in that process I finally understood the true meaning of beauty. So I've been researching perceptions of beauty and how distorted society's perception of beauty is because of the beauty industry. I'll be able to write several papers or articles on this topic until i have a new revelation about something and the cycle will repeat again. live love write!

  23. ImprovSpirit profile image61
    ImprovSpiritposted 11 years ago

    I like to write from desire, but its hard to maintain.  Transcendence is a good totem to keep in mind.  I also read a lot - poetry, beat/surreal novels, etc. which lights things up in various ways.  I try to avoid anger, jealousy, etc. just 'cause they tend to eat me up inside while having NO effect on the target...

  24. mattdigiulio profile image79
    mattdigiulioposted 11 years ago

    Great question, Earl. It took me a little bit to actually think about it and unpack why I write about what I do. I think the BEST fuels for me have to do with feeling good in general, or having a funny idea. Humor and optimism are my two greatest fuels.

    When I don't want to write, I don't. It sounds simple, but I've come to learn that it is important for me to realize when I do want to write, versus when I feel like I should write to maintain some sort of organization and consistency.

  25. akeezer profile image82
    akeezerposted 11 years ago

    Usually I get inspired to write poems when I'm upset at someone or something.
    If it's a story like mine on wattpad, it is more of a random occurrence when I'm not hungry or otherwise distracted.
    On things like this where I write about anything I want, I seem to write an hour or so after I have showered and I feel refreshed and clean or when I just ate food.

  26. Billrrrr profile image71
    Billrrrrposted 11 years ago

    Starvation and trepidation are good.  In the case of Poe, it appears that drugs were a great fuel.  Dreams do it for Stephen King. 

    For me, during my working years as a journalist, the fuel was simply knowing that there  were  four kids' mouths that needed feeding.   

    Early on, as a student in Boston academia, to tell the truth:  it was coffee and cigarettes that stoked me and my classmates.   We felt that these stimulants would enhance our creativity and we could write like Kahlil Gibran if we smoked enough Lucky Strikes and drank enough Maxwell House.

  27. Cardia profile image76
    Cardiaposted 11 years ago

    Past personal experiences, or those that my friends have told me about. Also, sometimes just watching people in public areas interact with each other can inspire many ideas!
    Sometimes when I'm happy or pleased about something, I like to write, as I feel that reading later what I wrote then, reminds me of reasons to be happy.

  28. Nobility Erotica profile image60
    Nobility Eroticaposted 11 years ago

    I usually prefer just listening to my body and soul. Then the ideas tend to come by themselves.

  29. rtaflooring profile image58
    rtaflooringposted 11 years ago

    Exactly the most important is pain when you feel or you having it in love so you can get experience from that.. and you thing "how can I express it" when you start express it by words that's called writing..


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