Monday, April 5, 2010

Definition Please: Inspiration

This is a pretty important subject for a writer. And coincidentally, one of the most commonly asked questions from those who know you are a writer. "What inspired you to write?"

Inspiration has a two fold sort of definition for me. There's the "what inspired me to start" side and the "what inspires me to keep going" side. I've mentioned the initial spurt that got me writing briefly before. Lots of things figured into it. I couldn't sleep one night and my husband said, "Tell yourself a story." We didn't have internet or TV at the time, so I started to write down the story I told myself to help me fall asleep. But even before that, I had a list of life goals. Kind of like a bucket list, but not. Things on my list include: put together a CD. Write meaningful books. Become a mother. Mostly, the things on this list are inspired by the legacy I want to leave behind. Before I became a mother or a writer or a singer, I wanted to have a piece of me for whoever cares about it after I am gone. It's kind of a big sort of feeling.

What keeps me writing? Well, there's this.

Okay. Mostly my family keeps me going. I have the coolest cheerleaders ever. I don't have any music play lists or anything like that to get me in the mood to write. I just have the hope that it will be meaningful for my kids to have something that I did.

What inspired you to start writing? What keeps you going?


T. Anne said...

You have the cutest cheer leaders too! What angel faces!!! Me? Well at this point, it's just what I do. Sometimes it feels like laundry and other times it feels like a great romance, but I'm programed to do it, so I do. ;)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Dreams got me going. Family and bloggy buddies keep me going.

I LOVE the darling pictures! :-)

Krista V. said...

My first book idea came to me when I was eight, and they haven't stopped coming. (Well, except for during college. Turns out abstract algebra homework is a muse killer. Go figure.)

I love the picture of your little boy buried in the sand:)

PJ Hoover said...

Overall it was the family that inspired me to start writing. And my being stubborn is what keeps me going :)
Darling pictures!

Elana Johnson said...

I could go on and on about why I started. In fact, I blogged about it last year. I keep writing because it's an emotional outlet. And I never quit. There's that too.