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What is it that prompts you to write a particular article or story?

  1. Terri Meredith profile image78
    Terri Meredithposted 6 years ago

    I always wrote for creativity alone.  Then I came to HP and realized I rarely write for that reason, anymore.  It seems something will grab my attention, either because of reading another writer's piece, or because of a topic I may have overheard in, say, a restaurant.  I find myself either examining my own views or educating myself on the topic and then....BOOM..I've got to get it written down.  How about you?

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      Muldanianmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      It is the same for me.  Reading so much online inspires me to research a wide variety of subjects.  This often helps me to question my views on many things.  It is not unusual for me to have certain views on a subject, only to have them completely overturned by things that I have read.  This then inspires me to write something.

    2. Spirit Whisperer profile image77
      Spirit Whispererposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      What do you mean by saying you don't write for creativity alone? Can you elaborate please?

      1. Terri Meredith profile image78
        Terri Meredithposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Just that...it's not only for the sake of using writing as a creative outlet anymore.  I started writing at the age of 8.  I filled notebook after notebook with stories that I read to my peers.  As I got older, high school teachers encouraged me to continue writing creatively, sending me to special writing events sponsored around the community.

        I chose to get married and raise a family rather than pursue writing as a career.  I continued to write stories for my own pleasure.  It was an outlet for me.  These days, I find myself more interested in current events and using my writing in my intellectual pursuits.  I find myself with a message, a thought, an idea I'd like to share, rather than a story.  So creativity isn't my only reason for writing.

        1. Spirit Whisperer profile image77
          Spirit Whispererposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Though you say you have stopped writing as a creative outlet I see lots of creativity being expressed in what you have written. How could you describe what you say about the Tarot as not being very creative and informative at the same time? If your intention was to get people to read your hubs then you have succeeded with that opening line. I will have to use it sometime lol (btw Cagsil taught me how to make that laughing face recently.) I will defintely be reading your hubs over the coming week and I will be sure to point out your creative genius in the comments lol

          1. Terri Meredith profile image78
            Terri Meredithposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I didn't say I've stopped.  I said it's not the only reason.  Any kind of writing contains the writer's voice which is their own creation.  And thank you for taking the time to read my hubs.  I have such a busy schedule, I often have to make an effort to find time to write all that is swirling around inside my head.  I often find myself with so many ideas for writing, that I have to choose the most urgent and push the others aside for when I get another chunk of time.

  2. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    An extremely well planned creative train of thought from one word. wink

  3. Rafini profile image89
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    It depends on what the article or story is.

    I've written some articles in response to news stories, others in response to Hubs I've read, and still others as a response to heated forum discussions I was involved in.  My stories are usually a 'what if' situation in my head (oh, um...I meant um, daydreams...big_smile...ahem!) but the few I've actually written were prompted through various means.

    My life story:  Obvious.

    The story I wrote for my creative writing class: A combination of a desire to answer questions regarding my great-aunt and the mysterious existence of the 104 year old heiress who recently passed away.  (I first heard about her a month before the class began)

    A screenplay:  Prompted  by a daydream after my daughter threatened to not allow me to see her children - should she ever have any.  (she can be very emotional and melodramatic!!)

    (so far that's it.  but quite a few to be working on at the same time!!)

  4. freecampingaussie profile image33
    freecampingaussieposted 6 years ago

    I come up with ideas at unusual times like when I was biking to the pool
    & swallowed a fly ! while in the water etc.
    Yesterday I was in the milk aisle in the supermarket & came up with another idea & had my camera with me so got some photos while there .As we travel I take a lot of photos for future hubs.