What/who is your inspiration for writing?
As a younger person, I was inspired by Twain, but as I grew older and my tastes matured, I have found that William Faulkner has such a unique style, as if the page were his canvas, and he was artistically painting it with his words.
That is a hard question, and the simple answer is I don't know.
I guess the best answer is life--I see things, hear things, think about things that turn into thoughts, concepts, arguments and ideas and a write about them. I have some favorite authors, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, Harper Lee and a few others, but I do not follow their style, and I have not written a book. I go for the short story, the essay, the column or the letter.
To give the philosophical answer, I guess I would say my inspiration comes from everywhere. I see a story in a newspaper. I read a Hub. I hear a conversation. Some thought just comes to mind, and that turns into something written. Some are still private, not sure who I was writing to or for. Others works are published for here, some in another no-pay but great exposure publication and a couple of paying jobs--nothing to get excited about.
There are tools I have developed, such as listening and remembering past events that affect my writing, but defining the source of inspiration, will probably remain an elusive task for a very long time.
MMM, there have been so many inspirations on my journey as a writer: Bentley, family, Joseph Campbell, Sir Ken Robinson, Maxine Greene, Susan Linn, John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Robin S. Sharma, William Bridges, Thoreau, Sylvia Plath, Nora Ephron, Yeats, Frost, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Kahil Gibran, ad infinitum..... There are so many more.
Two favorite authors from children's books: Peter Reynolds who wrote, "The Dot" and "The North Star." And, Patricia Polacco who is a prolific storyteller, love her books.
I read to be inspired. Or, having a delightful experience lends itself to generative writing.
Anything can be an inspiration for me. The world is so full of small and big miracles. Nature suggests a lot of ideas. Ancient teachings like Feng Shui, astrology, Runes, yoga, customs and traditions, and legends are really inspiring. Another huge source of inspiration is children. Artistic paintings and off-beat films are very suggestive, too.
this is hands down... Edgar Allen Poe... Ann Rice is also an inspiration....
I am my own inspiration, If i do the things i need to do every day then i will be amazing.
If i need extra motivation and inspiration, then it has got to be Eric Thomas, his videos pump he up and inspire me to write, to do what needs to be done.
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