Hi again, Everyone! Marcia popping in from the Land of Sunshine. Lately, I’ve been thinking about creativity, specifically, how much of it is inspiration and how much is perspiration–especially as it pertains to those of us who write.
Being a writer is hard work. We devote countless hours to our craft in hopes that the stories we tell will touch the hearts of our readers. Or make them laugh. Or teach them something new. But what is it that stirs us to create a certain character who looks or acts in a specific way? Or urges us to show our readers exactly what autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains looks like? And how do we find the inspiration necessary to start our tales, continue the journey with our characters, and arrive at satisfactory–or possibly even happy–endings for our novels?
Obviously, we are each inspired by many different things, but I’d like to talk about one of my favorite and most helpful writing tools: The Inspiration Board. Yes, that’s a thing. (Okay, I made it up as far as I know, but it’s still a thing, at least for the duration of this post. Bear with me.)
Have you ever heard anyone say, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” Of course you have, and there’s a reason this expression, or some variation of thereof, is repeated so often. It’s true. A single image can convey so much more than one or two or yes, even a thousand words, and do it more rapidly, as well. After all, even the greatest of writers can’t match the speed of the human imagination, which images can send soaring in mere seconds.
In addition, visuals can trigger very specific ideas, memories, and dreams for each viewer, multiplying their effect even more. How many well-known books have been written thanks to the author’s imagination being stirred by a particular painting or photograph? You have to wonder. (No, seriously. You have to! It’s the whole point of this post.) 😀
For me, it works like this. When I write, I surround myself with images that keep me focused on where I’m going, who I’m going with, and how we’re going to get there. I’m happiest amid interesting or beautiful photographs and books, anyway, and I always do my best work when I’m happy.
Happy is good.
Head over to be inspired by Marcia…great idea.