Sunday, April 10, 2011

How to Find the Inspiration to Write: Inspiring Authors for the 30 Days/30 Stories Project

This is the third year Sarah and this blog have done the 30 Days/30 Stories Project and every year it reminds me a lot of NANO in November. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to gain exposure for your writing ability and talent. This is also a great way to inspire writers to who might be staring at a blank computer screen to try and come up with a story to share. I’m not part of the project this year because my workload right now is just too nuts for words, but I saw Sarah’s post on April 2nd and thought maybe one of my World of Ink Guest Authors can share some inspiration with you to help get those muse muscles flexing and ready to write.

How to Find Inspiration to Write
By: Judy Snider

There are days that I want to put blinders on my eyes, so that as I look around I am not suddenly filled with idea after idea for a story. I love to write and it seems odd to me if a day goes by that I don’t write something. Yet, the ideas that float around me sometimes make it hard to select the one that I want to use. I wanted to write chocolate inspires me first as it really does set the tone for my mind to get calm and me to find delight in my writing. 

My sister, Joan, who is the co-author of I Love You, Be Careful says, “Everyday moments in my life inspire me!” She is a 20-year breast cancer survivor, a mother, grandmother, wife, friend and sister. She finds that there is beauty all around her and all her good moments and stressful moments inspire her. 

I found that my children when growing up inspired me to write funny children’s stories, taking from their everyday adventures. Each age would provide a wealth of tales to tell. My best writing was at video arcades or other places waiting for my children. They would be noisy, hectic, but I seemed to pick up on the lively energy in the rooms. 

Joan and I were talking on the phone one day, and our conversations about wanting our loved ones to be safe led to I Love You, Be Careful. No matter whether it was our grown kids, husbands, or other loved ones our love and concern for them inspired us to write this book. 

So a few tips to inspire you to write:
1. Think of the funny and stressful things that could inspire you to write.
2. Think about what you would like others to know, that no one ever told you.
3. Music, chocolate.
4. Think of all the things you could be thankful for.
5. If you have pets, how can they not inspire us...I have 2 funny cats
6. Other authors
7. Beautiful illustrations. Cady Driver our illustrator always inspires me with her beautiful illustrations!
8. Laugh a lot….cry some….hug a lot

Don’t stop writing….enjoy the process…

Judy Snider, Joan’s sister lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, Gil, and two silly cats. She is the author of the CWA award-winning children’s picture book, Goldy’s Baby Socks, and on a team of authors of The Scared Purse.


Charmaine Clancy said...

Thanks, I needed some inspiration today. Might be time to turn the internet off for a while :)
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Taffy said...

There is a little bit of inspiration everywhere! Even in chocolate :)